Mayor Robert Dolan of Melrose, Massachusetts revealed on Thursday that the city will launch an initiative similar to one put forward and then canceled by community leaders in the town of Southington, Connecticut. The initiative is called "New Year - New Direction," and will encourage families in the area to get rid of violent video games, movies and toys to the "city yard" in return for a coupon sheet that includes deals with local businesses and possibly a "get out of homework free" coupon children can use at school.
"I’m not saying people shouldn’t have [violent games and toys], but, at least in my house, things have changed since Connecticut," Dolan tells the Boston Globe.
Dolan said that the initiative came about after the Newton Connecticut shooting which resulted in the death of 20 children and six adults.
He hopes to have the program up and running by February 1.