Metal band Slipknot are declining comment after a boy in South Africa, outfitted in a Slipknot mask, attacked four people in his school with a Samurai sword.
Speaking to a reporter for the Times, a band spokesman had this to say: “We’ve had no confirmation that it was, in fact, a Slipknot mask. The band is not going to respond."
As is the case in nearly every school attack, community spokespeople are pointing the finger towards the music the boy was listening to. And since the boy was wearing a homemade Slipknot mask, everyone figures the Iowa band’s music had something to do with it.
"He came here camouflaged as the guy from Slipknot. We know the wrong kind of music and drugs have bad effects. Young people need to be informed of the effects of bad Satanic music," said Pierre Eksteen, who is in charge of a support network for students.
But the superintendent of schools, Gerard Labuschagne had a more measured response: "Whenever there is a murder, people jump to conclusions, and always God or Satan told the killers to do it. These notions shouldn’t be taken seriously because it is straightforward: someone, of their own free will, can kill another person," he said.
I don’t think the band have to comment, considering it’s not their fault the boy did what he did. [Idolator]