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Teenage Internet Addict Kills Mother, Assaults Father Over Money

Reuters News Wire (
Thu, 14 Jun 2007 06:20:01 -0500

A teenage boy in southern China, "heavily addicted" to the Internet,
killed his mother and severely injured his father with a kitchen knife
after he was refused money to go to a cybercafe, state media said on

Wang, from Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, stabbed his
mother to death at home during a heated argument, the Beijing Youth
Daily said.

"After his father got home, Wang hacked at him causing serious injury.
Seeing what he had done, Wang went to his room and sat on his bed,"
the paper said.

Wang's father ran bleeding to his brother's house, who then alerted the
police, it said.

Wang had resolved to kill his parents a month earlier, and had once
prepared to kill his father with an iron bar. He had also recently
bought sleeping pills, the paper said. He said he had seen this
earlier in a video game he liked to play at the cybercafe.

Wang, who was "less than 16" but had left school a year before, would
spend his spare time in Internet cafes when not working for his father
who made a living selling barbecue food in their neighborhood.

He had dreamed of being an outstanding politician or economist and
believed his parents were stifling his development, the paper said.
"They were mean to me when they would not give me the money I wanted
to play internet video games at the cybercafe", he explained.

China has seen an alarming rise in the number of Internet addicts in
recent years, who it says may be responsible for up to 80 percent of
juvenile crime.

In recent months, China has banned the opening of new cybercafes in 2007
and issued orders limiting the time Internet users can spend playing
online games.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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