PUBG is a highly controversial game in India where the battle royale has been blamed for a number of high-profile crimes.
Times of India now reports that the game is to blame for a recent increase of the number of children bringing weapons to school.
The Indian publication states that knives, iron chains and toy guns being brought to school has led to the expulsion of five children from a school in Moradabad.
Brijesh Kumar, principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, said in a statement: “The whole matter is related to PUBG game. Influenced by it, the children reached the school with Chinese guns and knives.
“Their parents were immediately called and the students were sent back to their homes. They have been suspended from the school for a week. Not only this, we have also warned they will be rusticated from the school if they repeat these kinds of acts inside the school premises.”
He went on to add: “Everyone was shocked after watching the knives and guns in the students’ bags.”
A number of high-profile crimes in India, including murder, have now been linked to the battle royale game.
Earlier this year, a man stood accused of beheading his dad so that he could “play the game in peace,” while other deaths, including suicides and accidental deaths, have also been attributed to PUBG.
Some parts of India (more specifically, a number of cities in the state of Gujarat back in March) have already banned PUBG after concerns of it encouraging violent behaviour and distractions from schooling.
More than two dozen young people have since been arrested for violating the ban and playing the game. PUBG Corp has yet to comment on the spate of incidents.
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