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    Deathnote Banned

    ok, in China, virginia, north carolina, and washington death note is banned in schools(from what ive heard). some students have been suspended for making fake deathnotes and writing students names in them. they consider light a highly immoral character, and a bad role model. i can see where theyre coming from, but still what do you think about this?

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    Re: Deathnote Banned

    Well first off I had to check to see if the info was true and according to Wikipedia it truly has happened:

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    Banning by People's Republic of China

    Early in 2005, school officials in Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning Province (People's Republic of China), banned Death Note.[65] The immediate cause was that students had been altering notebooks to resemble Death Notes and then writing the names of acquaintances, enemies, and teachers in the books.[66][67] The ban was designed to protect the "physical and mental health"[68] of students from horror material that "misleads innocent children and distorts their mind and spirit".[69] Jonathan Clements has suggested that the Chinese authorities acted partly against "superstition" but also against illegal, pirate publishers of Death Note.[70] The ban has been extended to other Chinese cities including Beijing,[71][72]Shanghai,[73] and Lanzhou in Gansu Province.[74] Legally published Chinese language versions of Death Note are published in Hong Kong and in Taiwan.[70]

    Copycat crimes and imitations

    See also: Manga Murder

    * On September 28, 2007, two notes stating "Watashi wa Kira dess" [sic] (a more phonetic spelling of 私はキラです or "Watashi wa Kira desu", meaning "I am Kira" in Japanese) were found near the unidentified remains of a Caucasian male in Belgium. Nothing was found on or near the victim besides these two notes. Belgian police are investigating the matter further.[75][76]
    * A senior at the Franklin Military Academy in Richmond, Virginia was suspended after being caught possessing a replica "Death Note" notebook with the names of fellow students.[77][78]
    * In South Carolina in 2008, school officials seized a "Death Note" notebook from a Hartsville Middle School student. District officials linked the notebook to the anime/manga. The notebook listed seven students' names. The school planned a disciplinary hearing and contacted the seven students' parents. The principal, Chris Roger, sent letters to all the students' parents saying "Regardless of the origin of the book, we take the situation very seriously. The safety of our school family is always our top priority. We treat situations like this the same as if a student called in a bomb threat or brought a weapon to school. While there may not be any serious intent to do anyone harm, we cannot and will not take that chance with our students. We will take all steps necessary to ensure our students' well-being."[79][80]
    * In Gadsden, Alabama, two 12-year-old sixth grade boys were arrested for possessions of "Death Notes" that listed names of several staff members and fellow students. According to Etowah County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Lanny Handy, the notebook was found the previous afternoon by a staffer. The students were suspended from the county's schools. The students, their parents, and school officials had met with Handy and a junior probation officer.[81]
    * In Gig Harbor, Washington, one middle school student was expelled and three were suspended on May 14, 2008 for having their own "Death Note" books. A father of one of the students said that the notebook was "an outlet for frustration from about two years of bullying."
    Now even for people like us whom can watch a series with such concept and not take it too personally or offensive to any extent aside, we've got to understand that this can very easily be taken as a SERIOUS situation as a "Death Note" is basically a "hit-list" and such things should be taken with utmost caution and seriousness. Its not even funny as a "joke", there is nothing "funny" about creating a list of people that you'd want dead or hurt, its just wrong.

    Yes, its something thats taken out of fiction but the fact is that no chances can be taken when such matter is in debate. But I also dont see the point of "banning" it, especially in a world that we live in offers many ways into obtaining such things like manga with ease. Its really all up to the parental guidance of these individuals and their morality.

    But the topic I highlighted in red is a completely different story. I'm not sure what to say on that matter...

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    Re: Deathnote Banned

    I personally believe that the Belgium incident was nothing more than a prank from some med students from the medical college that was relatively nearby. The body parts were probably cadavers, especially with the fact that they were completely shaved.
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    Re: Deathnote Banned

    It's completely and utterly a crock of BS. For crying out loud haven't they ever heard of fiction! it's not like if you write someone's name in a notebook, they're gonna die!

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    Re: Deathnote Banned

    Its not even funny as a "joke", there is nothing "funny" about creating a list of people that you'd want dead or hurt, its just wrong.
    I don't support hit lists, But I DO like Deathnote. But anyway... for a person to make a hit list... it doesn't necessarily mean they were joking. Or that they were serious. It could just mean they need a way to let out their anger. Kinda like playing a role. And I know this because... well ... I was that type of kid.

    Not to say that this kind of stuff shouldn't be taken seriousy, because some kids will really go there.
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    Re: Deathnote Banned

    Quote Originally Posted by ryanosuke View Post
    It's completely and utterly a crock of BS. For crying out loud haven't they ever heard of fiction! it's not like if you write someone's name in a notebook, they're gonna die!
    You're missing the whole point. A kill list is still a kill list. In this post-Columbine era, such things will not be tolerated so lightly. The school board made the correct and appropriate action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Innerhell View Post
    You're missing the whole point. A kill list is still a kill list. In this post-Columbine era, such things will not be tolerated so lightly. The school board made the correct and appropriate action.
    And although one of the points states that the officials did link the notebooks to the anime and manga, I really doubt this connection was made as soon as they themselves saw it. Think of it this way...if you were a teacher or school administrator, with no knowledge of anime/manga other than it exists (if even that) and you saw a kid walking around with a notebook labeled "Death Note" and a few dozen names scrawled in it, wouldn't you immediately assume the worst? I agree with Innerhell, these sorts of things can't be taken lightly; the moment they are is the moment someone takes it too far and actually starts killing people.
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    Re: Deathnote Banned

    well whats the difference of making a hit list, and a death note? are all hit lists deathnotes just because basically all deathnotes are hitlists? i mean its different if it actually worked or was an urban legend or something. does animes like the Rose of Versailles promote lesbianism?no. so i dont see the diffrence. and banning it wont do anything, its not real,so its not going to happen because someone somewhere writes it down.

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