School Warns Parents Children Recreating Violent 'Squid Game' in Playground

The Netflix series Squid Game has taken the world by storm, but it may have also led to violent scenes in at least one school playground.

According to a statement posted on Facebook by the Municipal School of Erquelinnes Béguinage Hainaut in Belgium, several children have been caught playing a dangerous version of one of the games that features on the show.

The post, which has been shared 37,000 times, states that students have been playing "1-2-3 style games" similar "Red Light, Green Light," which features in the Korean series.

The only important difference being that "the loser gets punched" in the playground version rather than killed as they are in the show.

Squid Game centers on a group of hundreds of cash-strapped contestants taking part in unassuming children's games. A huge prize awaits the winner with a grim fate in store for all those who fail.

One of several violent versions of real-life playground games to feature on the show, "Red Light, Green Light" sees Squid Game contestants tasked with moving toward a creepy looking "Murdering Doll" after it calls out "green light."

When the doll calls out "red light" the player must stop before the doll turns around. If the doll sees them moving, they are shot dead.

The non-violent version of the game is also known as "Statues," "Grandma's Footsteps" and "Peep Behind the Curtain" depending on where you are in the world, while in Belgium the game goes by the moniker of "Un, Deux, Trois, Piano."

According to the statement on Facebook, the children began playing their own violent version of the game following the release of the popular series.

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Squid Game has appeared prominently on social media in recent weeks with platforms like Twitter awash with viral memes and posts discussing the show.

They are now urging parents to be "vigilant" to help stop what they describe as an "unhealthy and dangerous" game. "We rely on your support and collaboration to raise awareness of the consequences this can bring about," they said.

The school also warned that "penalties"' would be imposed on any children found playing this violent version of the schoolyard game.

They did, however, stress that the normal, non-violent versions of "Un, Deux, Trois, Piano '' are welcome at school.

Squid Game carries a 15 certificate on Netflix, with the streaming service including a warning that the show includes "violence" and "injury detail."

Newsweek has contacted Netflix for comment.

A global smash hit, Squid Game was one of the most watched shows on Netflix in the U.S. in September with plans already afoot for a second series.

A still from "Squid Game" on Netflix.
A still from the Netflix series "Squid Game" - according to a school in Belgium kids have been recreating games from the ultra violent show. Netflix