High Schools Take Aim at ‘Assassin’ Game

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An elite New York City high school is warning seniors it could ban them from prom or graduation — or even snitch to college admission officers — if they’re caught playing a popular toy-gun game in or near the school building.

The game is called “Assassin” or “Killer,” and it’s played at schools across the country, usually in May after exams end. Rules vary, but it generally involves students stalking and shooting human targets with water pistols, Nerf darts or plastic disks until only one remains.

Players say it’s a fun way to blow off steam, but some school administrators and police officials fear it could turn deadly serious.

“Parents and students should know that we consider this a dangerous game and prohibit playing it on campus,” Hunter College High School Principal Tony Fisher wrote in an email to parents last week.

“You should be aware that any students found playing the game within the school or in the immediate vicinity of the building will receive disciplinary consequences.”

Fisher declined comment to NBC News but his email details the potential penalties: banning a player from senior events, suspending them, or reporting the incident to colleges if it’s not their first serious transgression.

“At least one Senior has been excluded from Prom as a consequence of getting caught playing Killer for each of the last five years,” Fisher wrote.

His concern, echoed by other administrators who have cracked down on the game in recent years, is that the popular diversion is riskier than it seems on the surface.