9-Year-Old Boy Shoots His Sister In Head Over Video Game Dispute

SandyMalone

A nine-year-old boy shot and killed his older sister when she wouldn't give up the video game remote on Saturday.

Aberdeen, MS – A nine-year-old Monroe County boy fatally shot his older sister in a dispute over a video game controller on Saturday.

Dijonae White, 13, wouldn’t give up the video remote so he got a gun, according to WTVA.

Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell said White’s brother shot his older sister in the back of the head with a .25 caliber handgun, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Sheriff Cantrell said the bullet went through the 13-year-old girl’s brain.

She was rushed to Le Bonheur's Children's Hospital in Memphis but doctors were not able to save her. The girl died at about 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, the Clarion Ledger reported.

Authorities have said they do not know how the little brother got his hands on the gun he used to shoot his sister, KTAR reported.

Their mother was in another room feeding additional children at the time of the shooting, WTVA reported.

Police said they’re not sure the boy knew the ramifications of shooting a weapon.

"He’s just 9. I assume he’s seen this on video games or TV," Sheriff Cantrell said. "I don't know if he knew exactly what this would do. I can’t answer that. I do know it’s a tragedy."

The sheriff said his department would take their time with the investigation, and wouldn’t say whether the little boy was still in custody.

"This is all new ground for us, we've never dealt with a kid shooting a kid at age 9," Sheriff Cantrell told the Clarion Ledger. "We don't know yet what kind of charges or if charges will be pressed. We want to make sure we’re doing everything correctly.

"That’s why I’m not too fast to say anything because there are juveniles involved. We want to do what’s right and we’re going to get it right,” Sheriff Cantrell said.

White was a student at Tupelo Middle School, WTVA reported.

Do you think that a 9-year-old child understands the ramifications of shooting somebody? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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Mpafr012
Mpafr012

No a 9year old has know idea what would happen. All he knows is what he sees in video games and such.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Kids emulate what they see......a lot of violent videos don't show real pain or real death. Time to change that industry or PARENTS monitor what the kids watch and LOCK UP GUNS. This was a tragedy that didn't need to happen.

Rving
Rving

Probably not...Question is where are the “adults” in the room.

FedUpViewer
FedUpViewer

The story says the mother was in another room feeding other kids. Didn't you even read the story?

Hannibal
Hannibal

Is it appropriate to discuss the subject of death with a small child? Will it ruin their childhood innocence? Will it cause depression and anxiety to discover their mortality too early? Is it better to sugar coat reality until their mind is developed enough to grasp and deal with it? If we do discuss it, what is the impact on them? Death brings many other questions to the forefront, such as religion. Adults often take a lifetime and are still undecided. This question is a loaded question. Everything we do as parents has a significant impact on our child's future. That said, the answer to the question "Does a 9 year old child understand the ramifications of shooting someone" is; there is no way to know unless you could crawl inside that kids head. Personally I sincerely doubt a child of 9 has a brain developed and experienced enough to be capable of comprehending the finality of death. This was an impulse action. Children at this age grapple with impulse control. Some adults never master impulse control little own think of repercussions or "causality". Especially when emotions run high. My take is the risk outweighs the rewards, we should for safety sake have this conversation. Parents should discuss death whenever it comes up and try to engage with a healthy conversation about it. Let the child lead the conversation. This is why having pets that children bond with is important. When that animal dies the child starts to think and learn on their own. Being a parent is a huge responsibility. We try to monitor what our kids are exposed to but in this time violence is everywhere, they are desensitized. Good luck and god bless.

Jbkerner
Jbkerner

Question to the parents is, "How did a 9-year-old get his hands on a loaded gun? I don't even have kids in the home, but all of my firearms are either in my gun safe (unloaded), or if I keep a loaded weapon, it's in a lock-box with a fingerprint reader, that only my wife or I can unlock.

Danimyl
Danimyl

He was probably playing GTA wher he learned how easy it is to get what you want when you shoot whoever has what he wants. Mom being busy feeding the rest of her brood let him play it to keep him out of her hair. Dad (assuming there is one ) was either too lazy to lock up his gun, or just didn't care enough to do so. I don't place a 100% blame on the kid. He was doing what he was taught.

dujaa74
dujaa74

I hunted with a 22 cal rifle at age 7 on a ranch and I knew exactly what it would do to a living creature. Try him as an adult. Liberal Society has caused this by not allowing parent to teach their children about what guns, and gun safety and what guns can really do and what they 're really for. All this liberal society does it makes inanimate guns look and seem scary leaving kids in total ignorance about them. It's people that are scary not the guns! The kid was smart enough to get the gun, possible load it and pull the trigger .. smart enough to pay for his crimes. The parents fate depending on how the kid got his hands on the gun & ammo?? LL #2A - #OATH 1st

Hgreen
Hgreen

I completely believe a 9-year old would know that it would hurt her or kill her. I don't understand why people want to believe children are obtuse. If he sees on a game that people die, don't you think he'd know? I was always honest with my kids and made them watch real cop shows, scared straight, etc. They are 21 now and have a good head on their shoulders. If you want to shelter your kids then believe that they won't be able to "handle" real life. They need to be aware that actions have consequences. Not a frown, or a "poor you, you were mad, sorry". Kids need their butts whipped and consequences for all actions. I have 2 kids in military and 2 more that keep their noses clean and that is BECAUSE I taught them real life.

Cheetap123
Cheetap123

Yes, they know what they are doing, as for the gun, I was brought up in a house with loaded guns but I knew not to touch them, as did my son, but when you have kids today that are not held accountable for their actions and are allowed to play such horrible games this is what happens, I know this for a fact!!! I lost my 3 year old granddaughter the sameway not over a game but her brother wanting to kill a Zombie . He was never held accountable for that either, all the other kids are made to tow the line but this one NOPE and things are only going to get worse.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

How dumb do you think 9 year olds are? He had many other mental problems if you're blaming games for this. I've been playing violent and non violent games all my life, so have millions of people, and have never shot anyone in the head.

b1rd
b1rd

Hi_estComnDenomn but it sure fried your brain. It's either that or the drugs.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

The question never asked but should be is where was this kid's father? Only mentioned a busy mother feeding additional children in another room. Where did the gun come from? Why wasn't it locked up since the house is full of young kids?

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

He knows right from wrong at age 9.

satmantoo
satmantoo

You have to understand that this has nothing to do with his age but his skin color. If he were a nine year old white kid he would be behind bar plain and simple. I’ve seen this play out time and time again in my lifetime. We don’t want riots in the streets do we.
I hunted with my own .22 rifle when I was eight years old. Kids know that guns kill at that age, how stupid to think otherwise!

SueCoop
SueCoop

Gun safety HAS to be taught if you are going to have guns in the house, otherwise you are an irresponsible gun owner and really don't deserve to own a firearm. You also have to actively parent and monitor what your children have access to in your home. We desperately need to let children experience real consequences for the actions and bad choices, so that they learn from their mistakes. Too many kids today do not experience parents parenting, but parents trying to be their friend or make sure they never get their feeling hurt or face disappointment. We have to get back to parenting and letting children learn life lessons such as; that there are winners and losers so not everyone gets a trophy, they are going to have to wait their turn so they no longer have instant gratification, they have to be actively taught and redirected not put in front of a monitor for babysiting, and they have to see the real effects of a gunshot not the make believe that they see on TV and video games. From a toddler to an adult, my children and now my grandchildren have never touched a firearm in the home unless it was to be handled with supervision to be taken to use for target practice or hunting. When older, they were able to pack up a firearm without supervision, but by that time they were well trained, and knew what an animal looked like after being shot and talked to about how much damage it would do to a human being and how wrong it is to harm someone or to take their life unless it was in self-defense. I learned this and passed it on to my kids who are passing it on to theirs. Please, if you own firearms, don't lock them away like some big secret. Teach your children what their purpose is and how to use and respect them...along with a healthy respect for human life.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Yes, this kid knew that gun would kill his sister. That said, kids today are so badly messed up. As someone else asked, where was the dad?? Why was the gin loaded? Why wasn't it locked up? Lots of questions that require answers!

Mo_
Mo_

Pure evil. I don't give a rat's tail what anyone says. A 9 year old understands a gun will hurt/kill someone.

Whatever0623
Whatever0623
SueCoop
SueCoop said: Gun safety HAS to be taught if you are going to have guns in the house, otherwise you are an irresponsible gun owner and really don't deserve to own a firearm. You also have to actively parent and monitor what your children have access to in your home. We desperately need to let children experience real consequences for the actions and bad choices, so that they learn from their mistakes. Too many kids today do not experience parents parenting, but parents trying to be their friend or make sure they never get their feeling hurt or face disappointment. We have to get back to parenting and letting children learn life lessons such as; that there are winners and losers so not everyone gets a trophy, they are going to have to wait their turn so they no longer have instant gratification, they have to be actively taught and redirected not put in front of a monitor for babysiting, and they have to see the real effects of a gunshot not the make believe that they see on TV and video games. From a toddler to an adult, my children and now my grandchildren have never touched a firearm in the home unless it was to be handled with supervision to be taken to use for target practice or hunting. When older, they were able to pack up a firearm without supervision, but by that time they were well trained, and knew what an animal looked like after being shot and talked to about how much damage it would do to a human being and how wrong it is to harm someone or to take their life unless it was in self-defense. I learned this and passed it on to my kids who are passing it on to theirs. Please, if you own firearms, don't lock them away like some big secret. Teach your children what their purpose is and how to use and respect them...along with a healthy respect for human life.

Another hard thing that needs to be taught but isn't is self control.

Katarina
Katarina
SueCoop
SueCoop said: Gun safety HAS to be taught if you are going to have guns in the house, otherwise you are an irresponsible gun owner and really don't deserve to own a firearm. You also have to actively parent and monitor what your children have access to in your home. We desperately need to let children experience real consequences for the actions and bad choices, so that they learn from their mistakes. Too many kids today do not experience parents parenting, but parents trying to be their friend or make sure they never get their feeling hurt or face disappointment. We have to get back to parenting and letting children learn life lessons such as; that there are winners and losers so not everyone gets a trophy, they are going to have to wait their turn so they no longer have instant gratification, they have to be actively taught and redirected not put in front of a monitor for babysiting, and they have to see the real effects of a gunshot not the make believe that they see on TV and video games. From a toddler to an adult, my children and now my grandchildren have never touched a firearm in the home unless it was to be handled with supervision to be taken to use for target practice or hunting. When older, they were able to pack up a firearm without supervision, but by that time they were well trained, and knew what an animal looked like after being shot and talked to about how much damage it would do to a human being and how wrong it is to harm someone or to take their life unless it was in self-defense. I learned this and passed it on to my kids who are passing it on to theirs. Please, if you own firearms, don't lock them away like some big secret. Teach your children what their purpose is and how to use and respect them...along with a healthy respect for human life.

I agree with everything you said, but still think if there are kids present, guns should be locked away when there isn't DIRECT adult supervision. They don't have the judgment and control fully developed yet.

WoodMagnolia
WoodMagnolia

I was raised with guns everywhere in our home. A couple I had complete access to and yes they were loaded. BUT my dad taught all five of us kids about guns; the dangers and damage. Not to mention he instilled the fear of God himself if we ever even looked at guns for too long, much less touched them. Granted it was a completely different time back then. But to decide if a nine year old child knew what he was doing based on a very brief article is ridiculous. Nobody here knows this child or his parents. I firmly believe that if you are going to have a gun in your home with children, locked up or not, this child(ren) need to go to a gun range, see, feel and hear them and what they can do. It is the parents responsibility to ensure beyond a shadow of a doubt that their children understand these are not toys, they are real, they are lethal and there will be hell to pay if they touch them unsupervised. So for me, I blame the parents.

b1rd
b1rd

There are a lot of kids who have no concept of death. They sit around playing video games killing the opponent and guess what. The opponent shows up again after a brief time.
Generally a .25 cal. looks like a toy. Doesn't look like it can do any real damage. Without properly teaching the kids today what a real gun can do, even a BB gun, these types of incidents will occur.
I'm really curious who's .25 cal. pistol it was and where it was being kept.

Marine1958
Marine1958

Well according to the location and the names. At least two persons won't be collecting public assistance.


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