Canadian Gamer Alerts Police and prevents a High School Shooting
By on February 16th, 2010

A resident of Port Alberni, British Columbia, alerted the authorities after chatting with a high-school student on Xbox Live, who inadvertently told the man that he was going to kill some people in his school in Texas. Within a few hours, the student was apprehended and a possible high-school shooting was prevented.

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While playing a game online, the resident of Port Alberni started voice-chatting with a stranger. Through the course of their conversation, the stranger told him about all the problems he faced in his school his failing grades, students he did not like and confessed that he would be killing the students and the ways he would go ahead with that. When the resident of Port Alberni questioned him, he did not respond. Concerned, the man called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who quickly contacted Microsoft Law Enforcement Security, and obtained the identification of the high-school student (who was from San Antonio, Texas) and sent over the information to the Texas police who investigated and arrested the teenager.

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Port Alberni Staff Sgt. Lee Omilusk said 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 barriersand also added that in this case no harm was done because of the concerned efforts of a civilian.

So the next time you hear some crazy stuff being said over an internet game (CS, anyone?), you better inform the authorities!

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