Samantha Rawlins told the Mirror that she was horrified when she discovered a graphic description of a ‘necklace murder’ in the book she’d bought for her nine-year-old daughter.
The first description of the world necklace was pretty much what you’d expect – “A piece of jewellery which a woman wears around her neck.”
However it was the second, alternative definition that had the British mother shocked. “In South Africa, a name for a tyre filled with petrol which is placed round a person’s neck and set on fire in order to kill that person.”
A spokesman for Harper Collins said they have been made aware of the “inappropriate content” in the Hello Kitty dictionary and as a result have since withdrawn it from sale and pulped all copies.