NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — A new online video game allows people to re-enact last December’s Newtown school massacre.
Entitled “The Slaying Of Sandy Hook Elementary,” the game retraces the steps of gunman Adam Lanza, from the killing of his mom at their home to gunning down teachers and students at Sandy Hook.
The online game starts out telling gamers to have Lanza shoot his mother in bed multiple times and then to retrieve the gun used in the school shooting.
The game then switches to the school, where glass breaks as Lanza shoots his way into the school. Gamers are then given 10 minutes for Lanza to go into classrooms to shoot students and teachers. After the time is up, Lanza kills himself in the video game as a police arrive notice pops up on the screen.
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The Hartford Courant reports the online game was created by Ryan Jake Lambourn, an American who currently lives in Sydney, Australia. On his Twitter account, Lambourn claims the game is about the importance of gun control.
The game has been heavily criticized from victims’ families and politicians.
“It’s absolutely disgusting that somebody thinks this is funny,” Donna Soto, mother of teacher Vicki Soto who was killed protecting her students, told Hearst Connecticut Newspapers. “We’re all suffering. All the families are suffering. We’re coming up on December. My daughter’s birthday just passed. It just adds insult to the suffering that we’re dealing with. It’s just incomprehensible that someone would think this kind of thing is wanted.”
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called the game “sickening.”
“To make a game about the murder of 20 children and their six teachers is absolutely sickening,” he told the Courant. “I hope the very disturbed person who could think of something like this sees the cruelty of what he’s done and stops it.”
Lanza killed 26 people in last year’s Newtown school shooting, including 20 children.