Schools around the world are warning that children are playing the games depicted in Netflix's gruesome hit show Squid Game.
The show focuses on a group of hundreds of people in South Korea experiencing financial hardship who opt to take part in a series of extreme and usually fatal versions of children's games, such as "Red Light, Green Light" and marbles, for a chance to win big money and pay off their debts.
The show depicts graphic deaths and violence and features mature sexual themes.
One school in Belgium informed parents via a Facebook post that children were punching each other while playing the games from the show.
"We are very vigilant to stop this unhealthy and dangerous game," the translated post said, according to a Fox News report. "We rely on your support and collaboration to raise awareness of the consequences this can bring about!"
A similar situation arose at Bay District Schools in Florida last week.
The district posted an announcement to parents informing them that Squid Game content is being seen by children without them knowing since they were caught trying to reenact games from the show.
"As a result, some children are trying to replicate show scenes at school but what sounds harmless (who didn't play Red Light/Green Light as a kid?) is not actually harmless because the game in the television show includes ‘elimination’ (death) and we are seeing kids trying to actually hurt each other in the name of this ‘game,’" the post said. "Please make sure you're aware of the content your children are accessing online and that you talk to them about NOT playing violent ‘games’ at school."
"We don't want anyone to get hurt and we don't want to generate discipline referrals for students who don't really understand what they are re-enacting," the post continued.
Children at Hiland Park Elementary School in Panama City, Florida, were hitting and kicking each other while acting out the shows "elimination" portion, the school's principal, Ilea Faircloth, told Fox News.
Faircloth said students weren't learning about the show by watching it but instead through online videos showing video game reenactments of the brutal deaths in the series.
"With our younger students, they didn’t know it was something they shouldn’t be doing," Faircloth said.
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Original Author: Matthew Miller