Supporting Violent Video Games Return Program, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Joe Erardi Writes to Parents of Southington School Students

Superintendent of Schools writes to parents of Southington School students in support of Violent Video Games Return on Saturday, January 12, 2013

Presented below is a copy of a letter sent today by Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., Superintendent of Southington Schools, to the homes of all Southington public school students regarding, and in support of, the Violent Video Games Return Program of SouthingtonSOS to be held on Saturday, January 12, 2013. 


January 2, 2013

Dear Parents / Grandparents / Guardians:

The community response with prayer and help to Newtown has been overwhelming with so many students, parents, and staff members all looking to assist in any way possible.  

I am both fortunate and pleased to represent the school district within the grassroots work of “SouthingtonSOS,” which formed after the Katrina storm. This ad hoc group represents nearly all organizations and sectors within the community.  SouthingtonSOS convenes on an as needed basis and looks to support all in need of crisis.

Thus, on the heels of the horrific event in Newtown, SouthingtonSOS met and looked to suggest to the community a meaningful way for all to be respectful to Newtown and, perhaps, make our community just a bit healthier by encouraging parents to talk to their children about violent video games.

On Saturday, January 12, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, there will be a collection of violent video games.  This Chamber of Commerce sponsored event will offer a gift certificate redeemable at no cost to the family to all those who return a violent video game.

If you are unable to make the January 12th collection, but would like to contribute violent videos, simply give my office a call at 860-628-3202 to arrange the drop-off.


Dr. Joseph Erardi, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

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Tricia gibney January 04, 2013 at 12:16 AM
So impressive once again how our community comes together. Respectfuuly, Tricia and Mike Gibney
JCR January 08, 2013 at 06:07 PM
I know how most people view the video games even the mature ones that clearly state FOR MATURE AUDIENCE ONLY ( MA). It is not the video game making people commit crimes it is the THE PERSON COMMITTING THE CRIME WHO IS AT FAULT NOT THE VIDEO GAME.... I am strongly opposed at this....If I being in my 30;s want to vent out and play a a graphic game that is my freedom to choose to play that game. i just wanted to voice my opinion....YOU have every right to go ahead and return the violent game if you so choose too. That is your right,,,,Just remember if a kid wants to play a game that kid will do whatever it takes to get his or her hands on it,,,,,with that said. It was a nice gesture to make people feel better by getting rid of those games. If it helped them cope better than kudos....


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