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Police Warn Teens of Dangers of Playing “Assassin” Game

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The Livermore Police Department would like to discourage high school seniors from participating in the game of “Assassin.” LPD was told by school officials that the game started yesterday, December 1st.

Assassin is a game organized by high school seniors. Those who wish to participate “buy in” and receive a name of another senior who they will need to “assassinate” using mock weapons. The game goes on until there is only one senior left who wins a cash prize.

Assassin is not a school-endorsed event and participants play the game away from school grounds. In playing the game, seniors follow each other looking for an opportunity to assassinate their target including hiding in bushes outside their target’s home. Players can “assassinate” their target anywhere, which can lead to many problems.

In the past, the LPD has received reports of armed subjects in the community, reckless driving, suspicious persons, and prowlers, all while the teens are playing this game. Because LPD responds to all of these calls anticipating that they are true emergencies, these calls can tie up valuable resources and incur considerable expense to the City.

There have also been teens injured while playing this game. One teen tried to escape from his attacker by quickly ducking into his car and hitting his head on the door frame knocking him unconscious. Another teen attempted to flee in her vehicle from her “assassinator.” She lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a house (see the picture above).

LPD wishes to educate the Livermore community and the parents of students about the dangers of participating in the game of “Assassin.” We don’t want to see some type of tragic event happen due to students playing a game.

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