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Police departments warn high schoolers’ ‘Senior Assassins’ game could turn deadly: ‘serious consequences’

Several police departments are warning parents and local residents: national match A clash between high school students later this week could have deadly consequences.

Multiple police agencies are sounding the alarm on social media. The game is called “Senior Assassin”. Here, participants are given the name of another player and tasked with hunting and eliminating that player, usually by tagging them with a water gun, until there is only one winner.

“The Arlington Heights Police Department would like to share important information with our community by educating them about an online live-action game called Senior Assassin. This game is being played by high school students across the country, including right here in Arlington Heights. It has become an annual tradition for students, especially seniors, each spring. Participants use water guns to spray other players in an attempt to avoid elimination, with the goal of being the last one standing in the game. ,” Arlington Heights Village Police wrote on Facebook Friday.

The post goes on to say, “This concept does not violate any laws or local ordinances. We urge everyone to play safe, use common sense, and respect how player actions are perceived by community members. We ask that you be aware that the unintended consequences of participants running around the area with water pistols (similar to firearms) can have deadly consequences.”

The rules of this game often do not allow players to play on school grounds or inside classrooms, resulting in the game being brought into the public arena and bystanders having no idea what is really going on. Police have issued a warning because there may not be any.

Multiple police departments are warning parents and community members that a national high school game later this week could have deadly consequences. Kyle Mazza/NurPhoto/Shutterstock

“Players will try to find their opponents in a variety of locations, including their homes, local parks, and other gathering spaces within their communities. Students will hide in strange locations, chase targets through yards, and more. They often show up unexpectedly, either by car or on foot,” Arlington Heights Police said.

Additionally, “Police do not condone or support the objectives cited in this game. In Illinois, an increasing number of individuals own concealed carry licenses. The ability to carry a concealed firearm in the field. We are alerting residents that this spring game has begun.”

The use of water guns can have deadly consequences, not only if participants are seen hiding suspiciously around the city, but if bystanders suspect that this weapon is real.

“Police departments have received reports of related activity. In one such call, police responded to a large I decided to take appropriate action. Do not assume that similar suspicious activity observed is related to this game. Any unusual activity should be reported immediately by calling 9-1-1,” the Arlington Heights Police Department wrote.

On social media, multiple law enforcement agencies are sounding the alarm about a game called “Senior Assassin.” In this game, participants are given the name of another player and tasked with hunting, tagging, and eliminating them until a winner is determined. tick tock

Additionally, “We encourage parents to discuss with their children the safety concerns associated with openly carrying water pistols that resemble firearms and trespassing on private property without permission.” Consider the perception of an uninformed citizen who sees someone rapidly displaying replica guns in a city. The conduct may be considered “disturbing and nuisance conduct” which is an element of a criminal offense and/or violation of a local ordinance, i.e. disorderly conduct. The Police Department understands that excitement and anticipation is building towards the end of the school year. We ask all students to be extremely careful about their actions. ”

other town Police departments across Illinois are sounding the alarm as well.

“Yesterday, a group of high school students from a nearby area entered a local restaurant wearing ski masks and lined up water guns that resembled firearms. They targeted other students who were eating at the restaurant with water spray. “An adult in the restaurant who was carrying a concealed carry object may have mistaken the situation for a genuine threat and escalated the situation quickly,” the Gurnee Police Department wrote on Facebook.

He added: “The seriousness of the situation cannot be overstated. It could have had serious consequences.”

The rules of this game often do not allow players to play on school grounds or inside classrooms, resulting in the game being brought into the public arena and bystanders having no idea what is really going on. Police have issued a warning because there may not be any. AP

“The Gurnee Police Department would like to emphasize that the depiction of firearms in public, whether real or imitation, is a matter of concern and can instill fear in the public.” We urge local residents to reconsider participating in such activities and to recognize the seriousness of their actions. ”

The department urged residents to remain vigilant and reminded them of the anecdote: “See something, say something.”

The Village of Bartlett has warned that water gun games will begin on Sunday, April 14th.

“Although the game has strict rules prohibiting trespassing and other illegal activities, other police departments, including the St. “Responding to 9-1-1 calls,” he wrote, “lurking around my neighbor’s house.”

“Some of these reports show participants driving on lawns and brandishing realistic-looking handguns (see photo), making it difficult to determine whether the students involved were actually committing crimes. “or they were just playing a game,” Village Bartlett continued.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to the appropriate authorities and players are encouraged to play responsibly.

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