WESTON, Conn. -- The principal at Weston High School is warning parents about a controversial game called "Assassin" and urging students not to take part.
In the game, students hunt each other down with a water gun. The last student is declared the winner and gets money raised through entrance fees.
A letter from Principal Lisa W. Deorio posted on the Facebook page of the Weston Police Department called the game "potentially dangerous and disruptive" and said students in other areas have been injured while playing.
"Weston High School does not sanction this activity," she said. "Students are not allowed to bring water pistols, squirt guns, super soakers, or any other toy 'weapon' to school or school-sponsored activities."
Here is the full text of Deorio's letter:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
It has come to our attention that a gaming activity called “Assassin” has been launched again this year. This activity typically involves students “hunting” other participants in the community and “assassinating” them with a water gun. The last “surviving” student is declared the winner and is awarded a sum of money raised through the entrance fee.
Weston High School does not sanction this activity. High schools locally and nationally can cite examples of students sustaining serious injuries or causing injuries to others as a result of this game. Since this is not a school-sponsored activity, Weston High School has no jurisdiction over this behavior unless it takes place on school grounds, at a school-sponsored activity, or is disruptive to the educational process. Students are not allowed to bring water pistols, squirt guns, super soakers, or any other toy “weapon” to school or school-sponsored activities.
As the majority of our seniors are on internship until graduation, we are requesting that parents/guardians discuss this game with their students. This activity is potentially dangerous and disruptive. As we rapidly approach graduation, it is important that we all work together to ensure that our seniors make wise choices.
Sincerely, Lisa W. Deorio Principal