Mod hosting site ModDB has succumbed to pressure from outside sources and has removed the Half-Life 2 mod, School Shooter: North American Tour 2012, from its database. In an open letter to its community, ModDB founder Scott "INtense!" Reismanis said that the site pulled the mod down after "getting quite a bit of mainstream press due to the controversial nature of the content." He went on to say that he got a lot of threatening mail from various sources and the authors of that mail believed that ModDB were the mod's creators.
The Half-Life 2 mod was created by mod group Checkerboarded Studios. The group was obviously pushing the enevelope when it came to its mod. "You are free to do whatever you want. As long as it involves shooting people," reads part of the mod's description.
In a response to Kotaku, Jamie "pawnstick" Lombe from Checkerboarded Studios said that ModDB simply removed their modification without informing them. He went on to say that he would have been willing to make changes to the page to point out that ModDB was in no way responsible for the mod:
"ModDB should not have handled it in such a rash way," Lombe said. "I would have been willing to make modifications to the page to state that ModDB is in no way affiliated with the development instead of removing the mod suddenly and not even sending me an email informing that my mod was removed."
Regardless of who hosts it in the future, Lombe promises that the mod will be released and development continues. ModDB did not say that Jack Thompson played any part in the mod's removal, nor did it mention any pressure from Valve Software - for the record.
Source: Kotaku by way of Uncharted NES.