Pleasanton police and the Pleasanton school district have demanded high school students quit playing a popular game on and off campus, citing risk of injury or alarm.
The popular game Assassin has been making the rounds among second-semester seniors at Amador Valley and Foothill high schools. In the game, students have a "target" individual and have to stalk that player until they can hit them with a Nerf dart.
The game is a longtime tradition among Pleasanton seniors. School officials said students will face "disciplinary action" if they play the game on campus.
"Unfortunately, and due to the time in which we live, our students and your children are engaging in behavior that has possible dire consequences," the police department and the Pleasanton school district said in a joint press release. "Thus far we have been fortunate to have avoided a serious injury or situation, but there is significant concern that day is coming."
Students sometimes jump from moving cars, jump out of trees and chase "targets," which could lead to an accidental injury.
Officials also stated students sometimes paint their Nerf guns to be more realistic and do "drive-by" Nerf shootings in public places to surprise their "target."
"When viewed through a non-participant's eyes, the behaviors look and have all the elements of an actual threatening or violent event unfolding. They often prompt multiple calls to the police who respond to what they believe is a violent incident in progress," the release stated.
Police said this wastes the time of emergency personnel. School officials said the game is banned on campus.
"Students will face suspension if any weapons, even imitation guns, are brought to school. If evidence is discovered of the game being played on campus, students will face disciplinary action," according to the release.
Officials urged juniors and sophomores to refuse to play the game when they become seniors, regardless of tradition.