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Parents Are Sharing This Hoax On Facebook Because Of What It Says About Kids These Days

The fake story claimed a 9-year-old killed both parents because they took away his internet access.

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People on Facebook are aghast at this story about a 9-year-old boy who shot and killed his parents after they took away his internet privileges.

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The good news is this horrific crime never happened — the story is a hoax from a fake news website, News4KTLA. It's filled entirely with fake news articles that often involve crazy crimes, like these:

The bad news is the story has received over 20,000 Facebook likes, shares, and comments. One reason for its popularity is that adults share it on Facebook in order to argue that kids today need to get spanked more by their parents, as well as kept away from video games.
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The bad news is the story has received over 20,000 Facebook likes, shares, and comments. One reason for its popularity is that adults share it on Facebook in order to argue that kids today need to get spanked more by their parents, as well as kept away from video games.

The hoax story said the boy killed his parents in part because his punishment meant he couldn't "play his online games or communicate through apps on his tablet." People seized on this to condemn video games:

This parent said the story shows gaming is like crack cocaine because it "will make one steal, kill and destroy."

"If not handled properly it can be a portal for the devil to attack our children!"
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"If not handled properly it can be a portal for the devil to attack our children!"

"THESE KIDS ARE HOOKED LIKE ADULTS HOOKED ON FACEBOOK," wrote this woman in literally her 20th post on Facebook that day.

Others shared the story to say the (fake) tragedy could have been avoided if the parents had been "spanking his ass."

"Time to reasses the way that you treat your kids and put your hand on their behinds when they need it."

Even after being told the story was fake, people still wanted to make the point that today's kids don't get enough discipline.

"Thank God it's false," this woman said, and added that parents need to "Start whipping that ass again."
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"Thank God it's false," this woman said, and added that parents need to "Start whipping that ass again."

Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.

Contact Craig Silverman at craig.silverman@buzzfeed.com.

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