South Park will address school shootings in an upcoming episode, a new promotional clip has revealed.
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The hit animated series will return for its 22nd season tonight (September 26). In July, fans were given the chance to preview the upcoming run at San Diego’s Comic-Con.
Now, a new taster shows that the cartoon will take on the issue of US school shootings.
“Do you wanna tell your father about what happened at school today,” Stan’s mother asks him over dinner. After saying that he messed up a maths test, she responds: “No, the other thing!”
“Oh, the school shooting?” Stan replies. “Oh yeah, some kid shot up the school.”
When the character reveals he wasn’t the shooter and is unharmed, his father says: “Oh, well what’s this about failing a math quiz?”
The storyline follows February’s Parkland school shooting in Florida. 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in one of the deadliest school shootings in history.
South Park has previously reflected the political and social issues in the US. Last year, the show’s creators discussed the “headfuck” of satirising the 2016 US Presidential Election.
During its 20th season, the acclaimed series parodied the race for The White House between now-President Donald Trump and Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, with South Park character Mr. Garrison turning into Trump as the season progressed.