Aussie School War Games Under Fire

Paintball firms call schools 'perfect battlefields'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2010 1:41 AM CST
Aussie School War Games Under Fire
A Queensland high school makes the "perfect urban assault battlefield," boasts one paintball company's advertisement.   (Shutter Stock)

Australian parents are furious that efforts to stamp out school violence are being undercut by paint-balling companies who advertise schools as perfect weekend "killing fields." The head of a parents association in Queensland was "absolutely horrified" to see images of a high school overrun with adults and children firing realistic weapons, the BBC reports.

Child psychologists and opposition politicians have called for the weekend war games at schools to be banned. Some parents, however, aren't sure what the fuss is about. "At least the school is being used for something on weekends," one parent told the Gold Coast Bulletin News, noting that military cadets hold school promotions where they boast about being able to fire real guns. (More Australia stories.)

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