High School Student Arrested For Modeling School For Game

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A senior at Clements High School in Fort Bend, Texas was arrested by police for creating a 3-D model of his school for use in a video game.

The game in question, Counter Strike, is a first-person shooter (FPS) style game in which players view their world from the perspective of an armed combatant. Players move from place to place in the game hunting and shooting opponents.

School officials, upon hearing of the model, removed the student from school and regard him as a "terrorist threat". The student has been placed in an Alternative Education Center to finish out his senior year.

Local police arrested the student and searched his house, seizing a hammer from his bedroom as a "weapon."

Meanwhile, at the other end of the paranoia spectrum, Google SketchUp is running a contest for college students to model their campuses in 3D, possibly for inclusion in future versions of Google Earth.

It is a strange world we live in. One community's potential terrorist is another's potential contest winner.

When I first started playing a game called Quake, I wanted to model our local mall as a game map. I wasn't planning a shooting spree, I just thought the architecture of the mall was well suited to that style of game. I'd like to believe the kid's motives were the same.


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