Steven Klein, a senior at Scottsburg high School in Indiana, was arrested after posting a video game clip of a zombie game.
(Scott County Sheriff’s Office)
An Indiana student was arrested at his high school Tuesday after posting a video game clip on social media see the players shooting zombies in a hallway of the school.
Steven Klein, an 18-year-old senior who is on the wrestling team in Scottsburg high School and is a part of the Indiana National Guard, pleaded not guilty to a harassment charge. He was free on $1,000 bond, and has a school expulsion hearing set for next week.
The comtroversy reportedly started as a Small posted a clip on Facebook of him playing “The Walking Dead: Our World” – a game that animates the characters in a real-world background, WDRB-TV reported. He added the caption: “Finally, something better than ‘Pokemon,'” the record of a other popular augmented reality game. But a peer was concerned after watching the video at school and went to the principal, in accordance with the station.
“Unless zombies are now a protected class in Scott County, I do not think that there is someone [threatened] by this.”
– Kris Small
Scott County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Baker and principal Ric Mann determined after viewing the video that “depicted a real Scottsburg High School students walk through the hallway, along with the fictional zombie characters,” according to WDRB-TV.
“These students could not be identified, thanks to the app of the photographic settings,” the station reported, quoting a probable cause affidavit. “Further, it turned out Sean had used his smartphone to capture the movement of random students walking in the hallway of the school during the shooting zombie characters walk in the shooter’s immediate direction.”
Small told officials that he “meant no harm” by the post and there were no weapons found in his backpack.
Any threat reported to the school will be taken seriously and investigated, Scott County District 2-Director Mark Slaton told WAVE 3 News. Slaton declined to comment on the Small case, citing the privacy of students.
Small family-members said that they understood the need for security, Wave 3 News reported. But his father should also be noted that the video game allowed players targeting zombies — non-students.
“He is targeting the zombies,” Kris Small told the station. “So unless zombies are now a protected class in Scott County, I do not think that there is someone [threatened] by this.”
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