Halo Inspires Schoolyard Bullies to Teabag Victims

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Bullies in a Point Pleasant, NJ school district are teabagging other children a la Bungie's Halo series, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Point Pleasant resident Jane Chmielwski said her son was assaulted by a group of boys, one of whom held the child to the ground while another put his crotch to his head. The incident was documented with a cell phone camera.

Schools have classified the act as sexual harassment, acknowledging that the recent trend of teabagging as part of routine bullying was likely inspired by Halo, "in which players can perform a posturing move over a defeated enemy," the APP notes.

Reports of taunting, teasing and Halo-brand teabagging have been occurring off school grounds, prompting school administrators to consider a new bullying policy which would allow punishment of students for incidents occurring both off and on the schoolyard.

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    January 25, 2008 2:33 PM

    WTF teabagging was not influenced by any game. Next thing you know, driving cars above the speed limit will be influenced by some game.

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      January 25, 2008 2:39 PM

      what you mean speeding wasn't influenced by the Need for Speed series...

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      January 25, 2008 2:41 PM

      Someone should write a lengthy article about how real life teabaggers are negatively influencing gamers in game. Virtual society is now in shambles!

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      January 25, 2008 2:41 PM

      It's fair to say that Halo influenced these children. There's no denying that the practice in Halo has popularized the act to many people. To blame Halo, however, is a fallacy, as teabagging wasn't invented for Halo, or even intended to be included in the game. Blame the kids for being bullies, charge them with some minor form of sexual harassment, but don't use the video game as a scapegoat.

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        January 25, 2008 2:49 PM

        The article doesn't paint Halo as a scapegoat, it only notes the game as the likely inspiration for the act. And as you said, it's the most likely reason that the act has been popularized among that particular age group.

        That being said, this shit is hilarious to me.

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          January 26, 2008 1:39 PM

          I was replying to the post above mine, not the article ;)

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        January 25, 2008 5:35 PM

        unfortunately there's no such thing as a minor form of sexual harassment

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      January 25, 2008 2:43 PM

      It used to be called corpse humping back in the days we did it to people in PC games.

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      January 25, 2008 2:51 PM

      If a school has seen an uptick in teabagging that corresponds to the cultural juggernaut that is Halo, then there may be a valid connection. Not that you can BLAME Halo for it; just saying that popular culture does lead to imitation.

      You could just as easily blame YouTube for the propensity to capture stuff like this on video. This is how these jackasses always get caught.

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      March 10, 2009 10:47 AM

      I think people already blame racing games for that.