Citizen Reporter
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24 Jul 2014
11:51 am

Hello Kitty dictionary teaches kids about necklacing

Citizen Reporter

When buying a Hello Kitty dictionary for your little girl the last thing you'd expect to find is a definition for a vigilante execution method.

The 'offensive' Hello Kitty Dictionary has been pulled from sale.

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.”

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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said they have been made aware of  the “inappropriate content” in the Hello Kitty dictionary and as a result have since withdrawn it from sale and pulped all copies.