# Saudi boy, 4, 'kills father over PlayStation'

1. Apr 24, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Four years old? Was this an exceptionally spoiled child? Also, placing a loaded gun on the bed near a 4 year old?

http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-boy-4-kills-father-over-playstation-151551564.html [Broken]

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2. Apr 24, 2012

### arildno

There's no reason to believe that the 4-year old knew what will happen to a person you shoot at.
Perhaps he just wanted to annoy daddy with the "bang!"-sound from the gun?

The father must be held responsible for his own death.

3. Apr 24, 2012

### SHISHKABOB

I doubt very much a four year old could comprehend the consequences of what he did, so he went and did it.

That's really very depressing :(

4. Apr 24, 2012

### rootX

I agree with arildno. It's still interesting how a 4 years old knew that guns can be used when you are angry even more that he knew what's a playstation.

5. Apr 24, 2012

### wuliheron

Have you ever seen pictures of Palestinian toddlers dressed up as suicide bombers by their parents? Drug dealers in the US proudly displaying their automatic weapons on blankets in the living room along with their babies? It's the wild west for a lot of these people who expect to either be dead or incarcerated for life by their mid twenties. The only reason stories like this make the news is because they get your attention.

6. Apr 24, 2012

### dlgoff

7. Apr 24, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

I hate to say it, but at age 4 I fully understood right and wrong, death, bodily injury, the difference, the danger of guns, knives, that they kill. I think people underestimate what the normal small child understands. I don't think that I was unique.

Of course it depends what they've been taught. But they do have the ability to understand, IMO.

Quite possible the kid only intended to wound his dad.

8. Apr 24, 2012

### SHISHKABOB

I don't think that the kid didn't understand that shooting people is bad and it hurts them, and that it was possible that it would kill the person. I think that it is just that little children are not good at considering the consequences of their actions.

I only have anecdotal evidence, and not even very good personal evidence because I have a hard time remembering my younger days at the moment.

9. Apr 24, 2012

### lisab

Staff Emeritus
Even if a 4-year-old knows that a gun can hurt a person, that same 4-year-old doesn't know it while he's having a tantrum. I agree with arildno, the father is responsible (assuming he left the gun within reach of the kid).

10. Apr 24, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Oh I agree it's the father's fault for putting a LOADED gun in front of a 4 year old.

11. Apr 25, 2012

### Lisa!

I think you're unique because it's hard to find a person who remembers any of his/her memories when s/he was 4, let alone remembering what s/he understood at that age and what not.

12. Apr 25, 2012

### NewtonianAlch

Oh really? Many adults still struggle with this concept and there seems to be no universal absolute; judging by how societies run, on what is right and wrong.

It's therefore interesting at the age of 4 you managed to do this and much more!

There's no doubt that children have a grasp of what's right and wrong in a general sense at that age, but definitely not to the extent of what you claim. You hadn't lived or experienced enough at that point in time to be able to make such calls. Since children are extremely impressionable at that age, if you were kidnapped and were forced to live a different life, you would now likely be a totally different person with a different set of values. Contrast that with if you were kidnapped now and there was attempted brainwashing, that would be far less likely likely to happen, if at all.

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13. Apr 25, 2012

### tiny-tim

we're scientists, let's treat this with scepticism …

the only witness appears to be the boy himself, so we have no idea what actually happened

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14. Apr 25, 2012

### wukunlin

what... how... actually i don't even... I give up

15. Apr 25, 2012

### I_am_learning

Demanding PlayStation at age 4 means the child was a hardcore video gamer.
No wonder he mistook real life with video games, and shoot his father, perhaps hoping for a *%$^^% LEVEL COMPLETED %$^*%#
to be displayed somewhere.

16. Apr 25, 2012

### nitsuj

I gotta side with tiny-tim (although I am not a scientist, I still like to approach the extraordinary with skepticism)

It's laughable to equate this as 4 year old wants playstation (no they don't, most 4 year olds don't even know what it is they "want") so he/she shoots the father in anger. (I suppose a for year old can think, "you did this to me, so I'll do this to you")

I appreciate the tantrum, however the act of violence using a weapon is not a "genetic response". It is learned, clearly the fault of whoever allowed such exposure prior to development the front part of the brain.

This is one of the reasons/arguments for not prosecuting youngsters.

They literally do not have the physical make-up to comprehend right & wrong at the level the justice system can, young offenders are not treated as lost causes like adult criminals often are.

That's an interesting comment Evo.

17. Apr 25, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

I do remember, I remember things from two and three also. I even have one distinct memory of my house that we moved out of when I was 18 months, there were no pictures. I described this memory to my mom years later, wondering what it was and she told me that was the kitchen at the old house. Over the sink, it had a louvered glass window and a crank opened and closed the glass slats. Apparently I had been fascinated with the window and the image stuck with me.

Look at that 4 year old girl genius that is self taught. I'll bet she knows.

Selfadjoint had clear memories from age 3. I could read when i was 4 and understood good and bad, right and wrong, and that death was permanent, and not to do anything, even playfully that could injure somone, this included throwing sand at someone, poking sticks, throwing hard objects, etc... I don't think it's that uncommon that small children can understand a lot more than they are given credit for. But maybe I'm wrong and it's not that common. Maybe it was because my mother spoke to me as an adult and explained things to me that a child that age might not normally be lectured on.

18. Apr 25, 2012

### nitsuj

Why don't you feel that these things were taught to you?

My understanding is that there is nearly no moral reasoning born into people.

It is not always right to refrain from hitting somebody.

I would guess it is difficult to teach a 4 year old these moral nuances, since they cannot be reasoned by a four year olds mind, with four years experience....in learning.

That memory story is pretty cool! It must've been accompany with some sense of familiarity. An odd sensation to remember something but not what it is.

I get that with smells sometimes, smell something, it reminds me of something, but just can't remember what lol.

Funny brains.

19. Apr 25, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

Of course they were taught to me, I've said that twice.

A small child doesn't need to understand "why" it's wrong, just that it's bad and don't do it. Like you don't stick your hand in fire or drink poison, and in our house anything under the kitchen or bathroom sinks were "poison".

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20. Apr 25, 2012

### nitsuj

Opps I missed you mentioning it.

Makes a world of difference when raising your personal experience to contrast that of the 4 year old murderer. you were taught, they were not.

Sorry Evo, didn't mean to drag this on.