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Samuel Zeif Biography

High School Student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Con to the question "Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?"

“My friends and I have been playing video games our whole life and never have we ever felt driven or provoked by those actions in those games to do something as horrible as this. It’s a video game. Something happens [in the game], you restart. We know that’s not how life is. I think it’s a distraction, the president’s trying to distract us.”

[Editor’s Note: Samuel Zeif’s quote was in response to being shown a clip of President Trump saying that “violence in video games is really shaping young people’s thoughts.”]

CNN, “Trump Blames Video Games, Movies for Violence,”, Feb. 22, 2018

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • High school student, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (Parkland, Florida)
  • High school senior in 2018
  • Survivor of the Feb. 14, 2018 shooting at his high school; he lost his best friend in the shooting
  • Has been interviewed on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and more
  • Text messages that he exchanged with his younger brother during the shooting went viral in the news
  • Attended President Trump’s “listening session” with students following the shooting, and asked, “How is it that easy to buy this type of weapon [AR-15]? How did we not stop this after Columbine? After Sandy Hook?”
  • Twitter handle: @SzZeif
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Violent Video Games Contribute to Youth Violence?