CUMBERLAND, R.I. – Who knew a tiny stream of water could be so dangerous?
That’s the determination from administrators at Cumberland High School and they’re seeking to end the squirt gun game known as “Senior Assassin.”
The game is played by kids across the country and the general concept is to stalk fellow players, shoot them without them seeing you, and they’ll be eliminated. The last one standing – or dry – wins.
The game is played off school grounds, but that’s not stopping administrators from trying to end it anyway.
“It is something that the administration does not condone or endorse in any way,” Cumberland High School Principal Alan J. Tenreiro tells the Woonsocket Call.
“Given the safety issues and the amount of violence taking place at schools across the country, particularly with guns, Cumberland High School takes the position that the game is inappropriate and we strongly discourage participation.”
According to the paper, in 2008, the University of Nebraska ordered a one-year ban on the game. University administrators banned the game after the police had been called by a person who saw a student bringing a NERF gun to class.
(Foam projectiles. The horror!)
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Both the University of Texas and Loyola University are able to call disciplinary proceedings on a student who plays a game of “assassin, killer, or variations thereof.”
Cumberland administrators sent a letter home to parents warning them about the game.
“You have situations were students may be driving too fast or neighbors may see someone hiding in a bush aiming what looks like a gun at someone else,” according to Tenreiro.
“These incidents have officers and the school administration concerned that someone may get injured.”
Meanwhile, Tennessee legislators are moving to ban squirt guns from within 150 feet of schools.
The ban on fake guns “was included in a larger bill that would nix any local laws prohibiting people with gun permits from taking guns to parks,” according to The Tennessean.
“A person commits an offense who intentionally carries an explosive, explosive weapon, permanently disabled firearm, hoax device, imitation firearm, machete, or sword openly within one hundred fifty feet of the real property that comprises the grounds or facilities of a public or private preschool, elementary school, middle school, or secondary school,” the amendment reads.
“There’s no need to include real guns in the amendment because it is already covered,” House Republican spokesman Cade Cothren told the paper. “The amendment added additional weapons to the list that aren’t covered under other areas of state and federal law.”