Claiming that there’s “no place for shooter games in our schools”, a rep from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has proposed a ban on the game in the state’s esports program – a ban which, paradoxically, does not extend to actual guns.
According to GamesIndustry, KHSAA commissioner Julian Tackett’s petition is in opposition to a recent collaboration between Fortnite developer Epic Games and local esports org PlayVS to establish a new competitive league for high school and college students, with support from the National Federation of State High School Associations.
“I want to personally assure you that we, along with the NFHS are proactively taking steps to have this decision reversed,” Tackett explained in an email to officials, and subsequently acquired by The Lexington Herald-Leader. “There is no place for shooter games in our schools. This announcement was particularly troubling in that it came on the anniversary of one of Kentucky’s darkest days, the Marshall County incident.”
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