A digital reproduction of a Vancouver school is being used to create a backdrop for a violent video game that has gunmen blasting their way through the corridors in a bloody battle.
The reproduction of Port Moody Secondary School — along with its signature rainbow-coloured hallways — has alarmed school administrators and teachers.
On Thursday night, some Port Moody residents told CBC News they were outraged and upset, especially in light of recent incidents of gun violence in schools.
But one man, who claims to be one of the developers, said he believed gamers were "sufficiently mature to realize that the degree of freedom allotted to you in the virtual realm do not extend to your rights in reality."
His comments were published on his website, where he also responded to many of CBC's questions.
The young man refused to identify himself and speak on the record with CBC, but online he referred to himself as an alumnus of Port Moody Secondary School.
"Let us start by saying Port Moody Secondary is a great school. Rest assured there is no malicious intent behind this production to any actual school property, nor any actual persons associated with the school," he wrote.
"Additionally, people should realize this is simply a game. No physical harm comes from it. Guns in reality are generally lethal weapons. Guns in a videogame can't hurt anyone."
The digital reproduction of Port Moody Secondary School was designed for Counterstrike, a video game in which players use automatic assault rifles to shoot at enemy forces.
Counterstrike allows users to customize the game by designing their own scenarios or scenes called "maps" to share with others.