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Gamer Prevents School Shooting

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I'm sharing this because many times games are attributed with causing violent behavior in kids, which I believe to be true SOMETIMES, but definitely NOT ALWAYS

]I think this is a cool story that is quite redeeming for gamers. In the words of Willy Wonka, "So shines a good deed in a weary world."

Here is the link and article below.
http://www.vancouversun.com/life/gamer+alerts+police+prevent+high+school+shooting/2562018/story.html

VICTORIA — A conversation a B.C. man had online with a stranger while playing an Xbox game raised some alarm bells, and the man’s quick thinking may have averted a high school shooting in Texas, police say.

The Port Alberni, B.C., resident was playing a video game online Thursday that included a chat feature, allowing participants to talk to each other.

A conversation started with one player who spoke about being a high school senior who was failing academically. The chat then took a more ominous turn as the student detailed plans to take part in a shooting at his school the following day.

“The suspect indicated he was a senior at his high school, had failing grades and mentioned names of students he was targeting, along with plans about how the shooting would proceed,” said Port Alberni RCMP Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusik.

The Port Alberni man started questioning the high school student and the conversation abruptly ended.

But the brief encounter was sufficiently disturbing that the man immediately contacted Port Alberni RCMP who, despite limited information about possible locations, started a cyber investigation.

RCMP contacted Microsoft Law Enforcement Security and their investigators were able to identify the computer through a numeric code and concluded the suspect was in San Antonio, Texas.

The information was passed to San Antonio police department and their investigation led to the arrest of a teenage suspect, who now faces charges.

“This incident demonstrates the power of the electronic world and how different enforcement agencies can quickly work together to protect the citizens they serve, regardless of obstacles such as international barriers,” Omilusik said.

“In this case, the suspect was quickly arrested and no one was hurt thanks to the information received from a concerned citizen.”

It is a reminder to the public to report any suspicious activities to police as their information may save a life, Omilusik said.

Port Alberni is about 200 kilometres northwest of Victoria.

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About TheJesusNinja26one of us since 12:33 AM on 09.11.2009


Gaming History:

I grew up on NES, SNES, and N64. Then took a break from gaming for a few years to party and be in a band in high school and college. Then once I was out of college I picked up a PS2 and started playing again. A few years later I picked up a XBOX 360, then a Wii, and finally a PS3 then an old modded XBOX that plays NES, SNES, Genesis & N64 games. I have since sold the Wii because I never played it. I don't play PC games. I buy all multi-platform games on the 360.


Let's get personal...
I was an atheist for the first 21 years of my life, then God showed me He was real in an extremely powerful way that I just couldn't deny no matter how much I wanted to ignore it. I then spent a few years doing youth ministry and traveling North America sharing the Gospel. After that I was a Spanish teacher in private and public schools. I then became a sales/product trainer for Best Buy. then a sales/product trainer for Toshiba's Laptop division. I know train for PayPal. I am single and have 3 fantastic sons, one of which has Autism which has it's challenges but he is such a great little dude. I am a musician; I have played drums for a little over 14 years. And dabble in a little classical guitar.



I am a very passionate person. I love my sports teams; RedSox, AZ Cardinals, and PHX SUNS. I enjoy a great beer preferably a Pale Ale or IPA. MOAR HOPS! I'm always down for an intelligent discussion; The more profound the better. In my opinion Gamers get a bad rep, because of a large percentage of gamers are immature tools, who lack couth. I'm in no way a violent, blood-lust filled person, like those you hear on Xbox Live or PSN spouting of racial slurs or obscenities. I just grew up on games and they've stuck with me.


My favorites -


Bands:
U2, Beck, Blindside, Jimi Hendrix, old Metallica, Steely Dan, Outkast, Wu-Tang Clan, Mason Jennings.



Movies:
1. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2. A Christmas Story
3. Bottle Rocket
4. Swingers
5. Pi
6. Rushmore
7. Royal Tenanbaums
8. Darjeeling Limited
9. Donnie Darko
10. Tombstone
11. Ghostbusters
12. Caddyshack
13. Anchorman
14. Big Lebowski
15. Shawn of the Dead
16. Empire Strikes Back
17. LOTR Series
18. Zombieland
19. Waking Ned Devine
20. The Princess Bride


TV Shows:
1. LOST
2. Office
3. Community
4. Ren & Stimpy
5. Biggest Loser
6. Twilight Zone
7. SNL
8. Twilight Zone
9. Ace of Cakes
10. Man vs. Wild



Consoles I currently own –
SNES
N64
XBOX
XBOX 360 - 250Gb
PS3 - 160Gb
Wii



Favorite games of all time -
1. Fallout 3
2. Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. LA NOIRE
4. Bust a move - N64
5. Street Fighter 2 - Arcade
6. Mortal Kombat - Arcade
7. Super Dodgeball - NES
8. Mario Kart 64
9. Super Mario Bros 2
10. Castlevania - NES
11. Black Ops
12. Bioshock
13. FZERO - SNES
14. Stampede - Atari
15. Bad Dudes - NES
16. Tecmo Bowl - NES
17. NBA JAM - Arcade
18. NFL Blitz - N64
19. Duck Hunt/Hogan’s Alley – NES
20. The Legend of Kage – NES
21. Marble Saga Kororinpa - Wii



And there you go, now you know a bit more about me, and knowing is half the battle.
Xbox LIVE:thejesusninja
PSN ID:DrNinja
Mii code:0212-4673--4807-0394
3DS Code:thejesusninja


 

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