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Fun, games, and fighting gun violence: St. Louis police team up with area tech companies

They're hoping to deter kids from seeing violence as entertainment on screen and on the streets.
The World Health Organization now considers too much video game time as a symptom of a mental disorder.

ST. LOUIS — Thursday, officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department will once again team up with two tech companies, Kylar.io and Pixel Press, the latter of which is St. Louis-based, to bring nonviolent game- building workshops to kids at the Boys & Girls Club.

While there's widespread debate over whether or not shooting video games inspire real-life aggression, the idea behind the event is the clear need to help deter kids in St. Louis from seeing violence as entertainment--and hopefully create a safer city.

Dr. Flint Fowler, President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, said in a statement: "We want our youth to become informed about the awesome career opportunities in the 21st-century tech world in which they use and play with every day. Also, this youth and police interaction will humanize each one to the other and possibly lead to positive opportunities for everyday dialogue, respect, cooperation, and improved police-community relationships and neighborhood community building."

The event kicks off Thursday at 5 p.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m.

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