Sandy Hook Motivated Southington Video Game Burning Is Canceled

Local organization claims it has reached its goals

SouthingtonSOS is announcing that it is no longer planning to burn video games that the community has returned because of the logistical difficulties that the event would have implied.

Dick Fortunato, a spokesman for SouthingtonSOS, is quoted by Polygon as saying that, “We succeeded in our program. Our mission was to create strong awareness in Southington for parents and families and citizens and children. And we accomplished that.”

The organization is still collecting video games and offering gift certificates to those who are returning them or having an honest conversation about the dangers of violence with their kids.

SouthingtonSOS is backed by the local Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, board of education, fire department, town officials, United Way and local clergy.

The collection and burning plan was announced after the deadly Sandy Hook shooting, which some observers blamed on violent video games.

"Our mission now continues as a work in progress in the hands of a very caring Southington community."

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