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Teen Banned From Playing Video Games after Mom Unplugging PS3 Led to Violence

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Video game obsessed teenagers beware: one teenager has been put on a “time out” because of a temper tantrum that allegedly turned violent after his mom unplugged his Playstation 3.

Racine County prosecutors charged Mount Pleasant teen Jeffery A. Ehlers, 17, on Monday with disorderly conduct, Madison.com reports. The teenager was charged as an adult after police were called to his home on Sunday by his mother because he allegedly yelled obscenities while losing at a video game, according to the criminal complaint.

Ehlers’ mother threatened to unplug his Playstation 3 but he began to yell and call her derogatory names. The mother did what she said she would and unplugged the system. Ehlers’ temper tantrum then turned violent.

He began to push her and throw things around his room, according to the complaint. The teenager slammed the door a handful times. The mother told police he is addicted to playing video games and that she asked him numerous times to stop playing because he became angry when he played.

Ehlers made his first court appearance on Monday, where Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch gave him a $250 signature bond and ordered him to not play video games or have violent contact with his family.

Video games and their effects on teenagers have long been the center of controversy and debate. A California law that banned the sale of certain games to minors was brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2011.

While California asked the court to not include violent and sexually explicit video games in First Amendment protections much like obscenity, the Supreme Court ruled the law as unconstitutional, ABC News reported.

One study published last month in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, found that violent games do not cause teens to become aggressive. In fact, the study found that violent video games had a “slight calming effect” on vulnerable teens (those with symptoms of attention deficit disorder or depression), according to Web Pro News. The teenagers who participated in the study averaged 13 years.

But a 2011 study begs to differ. A group of 70 young adults participated in a study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology where it was found that playing violent video games and aggressive behavior were indeed linked together, according to CBS News.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Ehlers could face up to 90 days in jail. Assistant State Public Defender Bridger Brave entered a not guilty plea on his behalf.  The teen is due back in court Oct. 24.

Sources: Madison.com, ABC News, WebProNews.com, CBS News

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