Family Brawl Kicked off Over WOW

A mother asking her son to stop playing World of Warcraft caused a Swan to turn into an ugly duckling, sparking a family battle that involved four generations.

The Herald Tribune carries word of James Swan (pictured), a 27-yeard old Manatee County, Florida resident who was drinking and playing WOW last week. As Swan grew more boisterous in the course of playing, his mother, Hazel Summerall, attempted to get Swan to shut off the game. Summerall placed a hand on Swan’s shoulder, at which point he grabbed her by the hair and threw her on a bed.

Swan then threw his own son onto the bed, causing Summerall to rush for the phone to dial 911. Swan ripped the phone off its mooring, smashed his own head into the wall for effect and then turned his attention back to his mother, choking her. At this point Swan’s grandfather intervened, grabbing a handgun and, following a brief struggle, fired once, wounding Swan in the head.

Swan was apparently wounded only superficially and refused treatment before being arrested.


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    Erik says:

    You really are a batshit crazy conservative aren’t you?  I mean you are so hardwired into your Limbaugh bullshit that you can’t type 911, but rather 9/11.  Those are two separate things you do realize. 

    Maybe if you go to college and pass some tests you can learn the difference between 9/11 and 911, as well as price and police.

    Also, prove that his parents coddled him.  Hell, prove they aren’t militant psycho conservatives like yourself.


    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

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    Neo_DrKefka says:


    Yes, you’re right they should of just dialed 9/11 as that man choked his mother trying to kill her and beat her up and wait till the price arrive. Luckily enough Florida is not fully controlled by the Democratic Party and you can carry fire arms without fear of the state coming after you when you shoot someone in your own home who assaults someone or tries to break into you’re home.

    The way of the Liberal Democratic Party is Law we should all wait 15 or in some cases 20 minutes waiting for police to arrive when someone assaults us, praise be to our God of Change!

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    nightwng2000 says:

    I took after my father when I was a child.

    During some of his heavy alcohol binges, he would hit his head on the wall repeatedly.  I’m not sure why, though one might argue it was to prevent himself from striking out at us, though I can neither confirm nor deny that.

    At any rate, in my really early days, around 5-7 years old, when I was angry and upset, I took to doing that as well.  In a way, that was my form of "cutting".  Get angry or upset, take it out on myself.

    Sadly, intoxication wasn’t my excuse. 

    And, even more sadly, I didn’t stay at harming myself when I was angry or upset.  I became well trained in the knowledge of "the adults/authorities don’t care if others are making you mad/upset, so you have to take matters into your own hands", so, eventually, I took to striking out, even for the smallest of reasons.

    Again, sadly, I don’t have alcohol to blame for that.


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    Neo_DrKefka says:

    The Progressives here feel that person was in the wrong and they should have called the police….It’s the right thing to do, you shouldn’t have the right to defend yourself that’s what the police are for!

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    chadachada321 says:

    Swan attacks mother, then his own son, then phone/wall, then his *grandfather* shoots him? Where was his father during this whole thing?

    Either way, props to the grandpa for ending it quickly and in a way that minimized damage. If the grandfather wouldn’t have been there, or if he wouldn’t have had a gun, who knows what Swan would’ve done.

    -Optimum est pati quod emendare non possis-It is best to endure what you cannot change-

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    Neo_DrKefka says:


    Also 30 states have filed for responsibility statutes which puts parents whose children are 30 and 40 back into Family court to pay for those children of theirs to the day they die.

    See here in Illinois and different Liberal States determine who a kid is differently. For example in the state of Illinois Child Support is till the age of 23. The Democratic Party before it started losing all elections announced they wanted to make sure all parents in all states pay their children’s Medical Insurance till 29 and possibly raise the age for all state to provide Child Support well into their late 20s. So your betters obviously don’t see someone who is 27 as an adult.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    I’m not denying that alcohol doesn’t affect people in some way, it certainly does and I’m no stranger to that, however I’m also not going to use it as an excuse for beating the shit out of someone. Do you think people use it as an excuse for killing someone whilst DUI? No, I highly doubt it.

    It’s YOUR fault if you start drinking then become violent, it’s YOUR fault if you play a video game and get violent. It’s not the alcohols fault, it’s not the games fault, it’s not your nextdoor neighbours fault for mocking you that one time. This guy had the choice of playing games and drinking alcohol, that was his choice and, as far as I’m concerned, he can suffer the consequences for them. In their entirety.

    — Randi Tastix

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    Valdearg says:

    Alcohol lowers a person’s inhibitions and makes them more impulsive. Essentially helps someone tune out their concience. For example, a person who, even subconciously, wants to cheat on thier wife with some chick they met will be more likely to do so under the influence. Same thing goes for violent people. People who become violent after getting drunk are, at least subconciously, violent people. The alcohol just helps bring the "real" you out, without things like your concience or inhibitions getting in your way.

    My old gym teacher once told us in class: "Alchohol will NEVER make you do something you didn’t already want to do."

    That’s why using Alcohol as an excuse for violence is a bullshit excuse, because, ultimately, you are still responsible for your actions.

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    Wormdundee says:

    You could at least attempt attempt to comment on something even tangentially related to the actual story. There isn’t a single thing in your post even slightly related to the article, except for the first paragraph which might have been an attempt at a joke, I’m not sure.

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    Valdearg says:

    Dude.. are you illiterate? This is a 27 year old father of one who just happened to be living at his parents’ house. He’s hardly a "kid."

    Perhaps you should actually READ and COMPREHEND the story before going off on your inane rants. On top of that, I’d argue that you should probably actually GET an education before bashing those who have one. Frankly, I’d much rather have an academic scholar running this country as opposed to your elementary school dropout intellect.

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    Neo_DrKefka says:


    The guy was most likely upset his DKP had a DPS user who didn’t follow his DKP guild rules and he wanted his friend to have an item or whining the entire group wiped when he (The Tank) rushed into another room and caused a wipe but blamed everyone else for not rushing as he did he when going into an instance.

    Why is it this guys parents still coddle them? Is it me or is the Grand Father the only sensible one grabbing a gun and messing the kid up? Baby boomers (Hippy Liberals) have ruined America.

    Now we got an entire generation who doesn’t have the basic skills to do anything but pass a test and believe college will get you any job with a full time job with benefits (Day One) and now people are seeing the reality of that this nation just falls faster as your God of Change announces he doesn’t care about elections he is going to change America whether we like it or not

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    axiomatic says:

    Sounds like this guy has alcohol and violence issues and just happenes to have had in incident with his mother while he was playing WoW. He could just have easily been "set off" while watching TV or some other distraction as well.

    To tie this in to "WoW caused this guy to flip out" is too far of a stretch for me. Sounds to me more like The Herald Tribune has a soapbox issue they would like to increase readership with.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    I won’t be surprised if he was drinking alcohol and blames that on his outburst of violence, which would be an utter bullshit excuse in and of itself. Granted, I’d rather see him do that stereotypical excuse than the "video games made me do it!" one that’s been used so much before, as we all know by now.

    — Randi Tastix

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    Valdearg says:

    I particularly liked the "smashed his own head into the wall for effect," that came right after that. Nice slanted reporting, GP. We all know that the wall clearly said something bad about his mother, and THAT’S why he attacked it with his face.

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    Valdearg says:

    Title of the article should be Family Brawl Kicked off due to heavy intoxication.

    It wasn’t WoW’s fault the dude decided to get smashed..

    Remember: Friends don’t let friends raid drunk.

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