Parents warned after kids ‘convinced Squid Game is real’ act out violent scenes

Teachers have issued a warning to parents after young students have been seen re-enacting violent scenes from Squid Game on the playground as they are convinced the game is 'real'.

Pupils at Countesswells Primary School in Abderdeen believe the grisly Netflix hit 'reflects real life' and they are 'struggling to separate fiction from reality', staff have warned parents.

And bosses at Newton Park Primary in Wick, Caithness, barred costumes inspired by the South Korean drama after pupils were seen acting out brutal scenes.

Countesswells Primary said in an email to parents: "Over the course of the day, it has become apparent that many of our pupils have been watching Squid Game.

"Some younger pupils are convinced the game is real and are finding it difficult to separate fiction from reality."

In the show, participants play childhood games but face death if they lose.

A robot doll that can monitor any movement instantly shoots any players who move when they are not supposed to during a game of 'Red Light, Green Light', a stop-start running challenge.

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It has become the streaming giant's biggest show with up to 142 million households watching in its first month.

Officials have urged parents not to let their kids tune in.

Martin Greig, the Lib Dem education spokesman on Aberdeen City Council, said: "This programme is not recommended for children."

But Jo Bisset, of parents group UsForThem Scotland, said schools were creating "moral hysteria" by effectively banning the show.

She added: "At this moment this warning is incredibly poorly thought out."

Highland Council said of the Wick school KO: "The management of festive celebrations in schools is at the discretion of headteachers."

Councils in England have also issued warnings after pupils as young as six were seen acting out games from the thriller.

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