Friday, March 21, 2014
'Assasins' Go Too Far
WBZ Boston covered the local story. "Charges Possible in Merrimack, NH High School 'Assasins' Game". I'm familiar with the game myself. Senior students are given the name of another student they need to nail with a water gun. It's a game that students look forward to every year, but sometimes things can get a little out-of-control. Sneaking into homes, catching someone in their car, there's all sorts of sneaky tactics that the Seniors use to win the game. Everything is fun and games until someone gets hurt. While that hasn't happened, an incident involving this game got some news press when a teen backed into another persons car while they were playing. Property Damage, Breaking and Entering, Trespassing, there's all sorts of problems that can rear their head from taking this game too far if the students aren't careful.
As much as a pain as it might seem to those Seniors who have been waiting for their chance for victory in this local rite-of-passage to water things down (pun intended), these incidents just give ammo to lawmakers to make more restrictions. There's a certain point where folks that play need to stop for a minute and think in the real world about how their actions could effect others. It's much bigger than "I backed into a car". Games like 'Assassin' are a LOT of fun to participate in, but black-painted water guns in full camo while you're breaking into someone's house or backing in to someone's car isn't just a bad idea on a local level. The repercussions of things like this could get much worse if some level of caution isn't taken into consideration.
Posted by Reverend at 11:53 AM