Making Bomb-Filled Video Game Maps Of Your School Is A Bad Idea

Making Bomb-Filled Video Game Maps Of Your School Is A Bad Idea

Just because video games give you the tools to recreate your school as a battlefield doesn’t mean you should use them. This morning five Louisville, Kentucky, middle school students learned this lesson the hard way.

The five Stuart Middle School students will be disciplined and could face felony charges after a teacher discovered a map detailing the possible placement of bombs on the school grounds earlier this morning. An email from the school district’s public information officer Lauren Roberts explains that following the teacher’s discovery the school was swept by bomb sniffing dogs. No explosives were found. She also notes that the map did not contain any sort of date for when a plan to bomb the school might go into effect.

The investigation is still in early stages, but Robert’s email indicates that the map “may have been associated with a fantasy video game”.

Video game or not, the five students will still be punished for terroristic threatening, with punishment including suspensions and the recommendation that the children be placed in an alternative school.

I know it’s fun to imagine real-life buildings as video game levels, but unless the video game in question is rate E for Everyone, it’s probably best to just let that dream go.

Five Stuart Middle School students face discipline over bomb map []



  • Wow!!
    I built a game on my school when I was in year twelve. You played a teacher who had to grab bombs and take them to the nearest toilet before they explode while an evil terrorist planted new bombs. It ended when the teacher stopped the terrorist while their were no new bombs left. I got an A for it but this was in 1998 when we were all dumb and innocent.

  • I remember a couple of guys who made a Doom 2 map of our high school way back when. The highlight was, of course, the cyberdemon in the Maths staffroom.

  • “..may have been associated with a fantasy video game” — What kind of pathetic excuse is that? Do these people hear themselves?
    It sounds like, if anything, they should ban LARPing!

  • When I first started making some basic UT levels the first things I thought of to model were people’s houses and my school. Mostly because I knew them well and wanted to see if I could make them in the game, then I would try and make them into an actual map for the game. Kid’s want to play in places they know and have attachment to, it’s not like their making it because they want to bring guns to school

  • i always thought about mapping out a school in a game, for something like CoD or BF, would make it more interesting to see how gun fights would unfold 😛

  • our schools IT support guys made a map of the school for quake 3 and had it playing at our schools fair, but it was the paintball mod, so no violence 😛

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