Florida school shifts focus of unofficial themed youth camp to ‘collecting lives’ after paper quotes children talking of ‘killing’Organisers of a hugely popular Florida youth camp themed around the hit sci-fi saga The Hunger Games have denied reports that it imbues young children with violent instincts.Both the blockbuster film series and the trilogy of young adult novels by US author Suzanne Collins on which they are based present a dystopian world in which child “tributes” are chosen via lottery to fight to the death in the annual titular bloodbath until only one remains standing. A report in the Tampa Bay Times quotes children between the ages of 10 and 14 talking about their intention to “kill” rivals at the unofficial themed camp by stabbing or shooting them. Halfway through the week, with some children discussing whether they preferred to meet their end via sword or arrow, and others designing posters reading “LOSING MEANS CERTAIN DEATH”, organisers reportedly decided to change goals so that competitors no longer “killed”‘ opponents by ripping flags from their waists but instead “collected lives”.Ted Gillette of the Country Day school in Largo, which runs the event, told the Hollywood Reporter that organisers had now excised all …read more

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