The game “Assassin” has become a popular pastime on high school and college campuses in the past year. In recent weeks, CVHS has seen the start of its own games, with hundreds of juniors and seniors participating in hopes of winning a cash prize.
The game is based on the premise of “killing” an assigned victim, all while avoiding your own death. Players can use many means to kill, and have turned to various “weapons” and other extreme measures to improve their chances of victory.
While the game may be fun, and students are able to relieve their end-of-the-year stress, questions of safety have risen throughout the community.
Participants of the games face constant paranoia, with the looming threat of being killed. Killers follow their victims home, and the game has even escalated to car chases around town. Police have been called for suspicious behavior rooting from the game, with residents reporting incidents of students disrupting the peace in local neighborhoods.
Some call for the school to become involved in regulating the games, while others demand for the game to end all together.
However, we at The Olympian believe that the game should be allowed to continue, given that student take extra measures to stay safe.
While current rules place some restrictions, there are more that can be implemented in order to ensure that students are able to enjoy themselves without getting hurt or disrupting bystanders.
The school should be made a permanent safe zone, where students can avoid being killed. Students should be able to arrive and depart from school without having to deal with the fear of being eliminated. They shouldn’t be scared to come to school for any reason.
Additionally, there should be a restriction placed on the weapons used to kill players. Airsoft and BB guns pose actual danger, and should not be allowed for the purposes of this game. Nerf guns are a much safer option, and do little damage to a player’s health and property.
As the games of Assassin come to a close, The Olympian encourages student to enjoy themselves, but to stay safe.