Theater Shooting in Colorado Prompts Question – Should Young Children See Violent Films?
I woke up this morning to the news of an overnight shooting at a movie theater during a showing of The Dark Knight Rises. Reports are still out about the number of people killed in the incident, but some say up to 14 people, and at least 12. Dozens are being treated for injuries. As the news unfolds and people who were present in the theater come forward with their stories, it make me think of a deeper topic. The shooting itself is a horrible tragedy and it makes me sick. But there’s more.
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I’m seeing 17-year-olds talk about being in the theater with their 12-year-old brothers. I hear a woman talking about stepping over a 6-year-old victim. This makes me ask, “What were those kids doing in a movie theater at midnight?” And it isn’t really the time of day that concerns me so much, but the content of the movie. One reporter called this a “very violent movie” this morning on the news, and Common Sense Media describes it as “ultra-violent.” Others have prematurely speculated that the gunman was acting out some of the violence from the movie and was dressed in character representing one of the movie characters. Regardless, if this is violent movie, why were there such young children there?
What do you think? Do you think young children should be at movies such as The Dark Knight Rises? The movie has a PG-13 rating for “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language” according to IMDB movie info. Do you think this is an appropriate rating? How do you decide which movies you as an adult, or your family of older children will see? If you have watched the rest of the Batman series and plan to see this film, I’d love to hear your perspective, since I haven’t seen the movies.
My children were young teens when The Dark Knight came out, and they weren’t very happy with me for not allowing them to watch it. Do you agree with my decision? Or do you think I’m overprotective?