Common sense of the day

August 21, 2008 at 6:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

After a 16 year old in South Africa was killed by a disturbed, sword-wielding student in a Slipknot-style mask, the country’s press has, in true Daily Mail mimickry, taken to stoking panic & outrage at the band’s satanic music’ which turns kids into killers. So it’s nice that a senior policeman can appear and add a little rational thinking to the furore:

To Slipknot’s doubtless relief, the head of Krugersdorp police’s investigative psychology unit took a different tack. “Whenever there is a murder, people jump to conclusions, and always God or Satan told the killers to do it,” said senior superintendent Gerard Labuschagne. “These notions shouldn’t be taken seriously because it is straightforward: someone, of their own free will, can kill another person.” (emphasis mine)

As all the cool kids say: Superintendent, you rock.

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