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In this image released by Lionsgate, Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in a scene from \"The Hunger Games.\"

"The Hunger Games" is a story about children being turned into murderers. Does that remind anyone else of what's been happening in Uganda for years? I read part of the book before I threw it out. It's exciting but the premise is totally unacceptable, especially for children.

I was disappointed to see copies of these books in one teacher's classroom and to hear so many kids talking about it. Where will we draw the line against violent media? When I was in high school, there were two boys who reveled in violent media. One day they decided to pick up an acquaintance who was hitch-hiking and torture her to death.

I'm sure this is just one example of what immersing oneself in violent entertainment can do. I don't find the idea of turning children into killers the least bit entertaining. I wish I had written this before the movie and all the hype came out. We should not encourage kids to read the book or see the movie.

Julie Reid


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