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High School NERF game "Assassins" cancelled

Original post made by Daniel Morizono, San Ramon Valley High School, on Mar 5, 2010

The NERF game "Assassins" was cancelled today due to excessive complaints by parents and other members of the local community. "Assassins" is a game fought with NERF guns that began Wednesday, March 3, involving nearly 300 high school seniors from San Ramon Valley High School.

Comments (28)

Posted by sandy n.
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Thank God! My son and his friends were so obsessed, it was interfering with their school work. Should never be allowed.

Posted by klat_wols
a resident of Blackhawk
on Mar 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm

"high school seniors" -- spend your time wisely if you want a decent shot at college and gainful employment.

Posted by T Lee
a resident of Danville
on Mar 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

....... on another note.

At least they were not out drinking or worst yet taking drugs! It was good clean fun. It got out of hand and safety became a concern. And safety should always come first!

These kids are committed and are working hard to get into college. They needed a little down time. I do not believe they meant any harm to any one or to disrupt any neighborhoods.


Posted by Scott
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 7:35 am

What a shame. With all the pressure of school, competitive sports, and the whole college application/selection process, why not allow a little unstructured fun. Killjoys!

Posted by Duffy
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:22 am

It was the blatant reference to violence that got it cancelled. This upsets the liberal mentality. If they had called the game "Hug a Terrorist" it would have won accolades!

Posted by JE-Danville
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:38 am

I agree completely that cancelling Assains is a shame! The kids were finally enjoying a moment of good clean, old fashioned fun. My Senior is tapped out (but already in to a #1 college) and a break from it all was such a welcome change. Yes, safety comes first, but couldn't the game "rules" be altered a bit to allow for both fun and safety? My son was so disappointed. When I commented that the school thought it was unsafe he said "so are drugs, and they don't do anything about that". Let's focus on real problems, people.

Posted by Huffy
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 8, 2010 at 9:46 am

Duffy is right. This, like everything else I dislike about the world, is the result of a liberal conspiracy. And the dad who punched the student in his front yard, prompting the game's cancellation, was probably a secret Islamofascist with ties to the universal health care movement. Take to the streets, seniors!

Nerf Assassins for Palin '12.

Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 11:31 am

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Dolores,

Could be we need more pool tables or possibly a brass band?

Trouble, oh we got trouble,
Right here in River City!
With a capital "T"
That rhymes with "P"
And that stands for Pool,

We've surely got trouble!
Right here in River City,
Right here!
Gotta figger out a way
To keep the young ones moral after school!
Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble...

Where IS Marcellus Washburn when we need him??

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

Posted by sick of it
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

My God, let the kids have some fun. These kids have so much pressure in school and to get into college, let them blow off a little steam doing something thats fun. Why do adults have to get involved in EVERYTHING our kids do. If some kids got out of hand then deal with them and move on!

Posted by PoliteHitman
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

That's really too bad. Though I can't believe they got 300 people into it in the first place... When we were playing wayyy back in my day (05) we had about 20.
And by senior year, kids have usually figured out how much time they aren't going to devote to school, so better playing a game that rewards hard work, creativity, and patience than spending that extra time drinking/smoking/ robbing liquor stores.
Such a shame it came to this...

Posted by Chris
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

This game was in no way promoting violence or meant to "disrupt school" as the administration has put it. As one of these seniors i need to say that this was probably the most legal/ least consequential thing we could be out doing at this point in our lives. To those who think we need to be "spending our time wisely to get into colleges" if you knew anything you should know that almost all college application deadlines have passed and some a good handful have already sent acceptance letters. I myself have already gotten into Cal Poly and this game has in no way distracted me from my 'schoolwork' if you could call what the teachers assign us work. Honestly at this point a lot of us are adults and we need to be treated like such if you ever actually want us to succeed like you say you do. So let us have some good, clean childhood fun for the possibly the last time in a while and just LAY OFF!

Posted by sandy n
a resident of Danville
on Mar 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

irt Chris - touche...however you just sent a mixed message.."at this point a lot of us are adults and we need to be treated like such"..."let us have some good, clean childhood fun"...

You can't have it both ways...

Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm

Ralph N. Shirlet is a registered user.

Dear Dolores,

As adults we often enjoy the pleasures of childhood as sensory else would anyone explain grandparents?

The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet

Posted by Chris
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Mar 8, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Re: Sandy N

1) Do not speak French to me.

2) Just because we are technically adults does not by any means define us as such. What would you call an adult? I would say it is someone who is recognized by others as no longer being a child and is responsible and mature. Now we can see that most high school students are not recognized as adults because our parental community refuses to grant us the freedom and recognition that comes with this title. So either let us be adults; give us our freedoms and let us make our own choices. Or keep us sheltered from reality and try telling us to grow up and be mature. I'm quite interested to see how the second turns out...

Posted by Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:02 am

Seems like all the good points have been made, in favor of allowing the game to continue, so all I will do is add my vote on that side.

But why should these young adults have all the fun? How about the Town of Danville organizes an open game for ALL adults next 4th of July, as a fund raiser; for $5 I'd be in. Too war like? Without the rockets red glare, bombs bursting in air etc. there would have been no Independence Day, (at least not until the 20th century when the rest of the colonies were let go).

PS - Chris - sorry you missed out on a great game. Babelfish this: Félicitations sur entrer dans une grande école. J'espère que vous avez une grande carrière et une vie lesoù vous découvrez que la langue française, sans compter le Français eux-mêmes sont pas du tout le mauvais.

Posted by Donna
a resident of Diablo
on Mar 9, 2010 at 8:50 am

This game has become the highlight for the seniors at SRV, what a creative, clean fun way to spend 6 weeks- strategy planning and creativity are a must.
Sorry Sandy's son became so obsessed.....that is not the norm.

These kids have part time jobs, have already been accepted to their colleges, and most play sports. This is just good clean fun for them!
Lay off Danville! Let our kids have FUN!

Posted by SRV Parent
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

This game is a tradition at SRVHS. They look forward to it from freshman year! It is incredible to me that someone organized THREE HUNDRED students to play a game with rules. Pretty amazing. The game takes strategy and teamwork. Unfortunately a few took it over the boundaries and the spirit of the game and ruined it for the many. Just kick those kids out and get back to the game! Be safe and smart but it really is just FUN. Remember that word? FUN? No AP classes, no college applications, no interviews.
It is a shame.

PS> Monte Vista has the same game going on.... Guess it's ok for them?

Posted by Concerned Neighbor
a resident of Danville
on Mar 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

I don't know if the "normal" rules of assassin allow shooting while driving, but that is what we experienced several times last year on our quiet court near SRVHS. Kids behind the wheel came flying down our street, shooting at each other, swerving all over the road and never looking forward. One almost rolled his SUV, another came skidding into our front yard, out of control, before taking off after the other car again. This would not be acceptable behaviour on any street, but to make things worse, this is a court that usually is filled with young kids and pets. The erratic and unsafe driving that was going on, on our street, made it difficult for even an adult to determine where to run, to stay safe. This all took place around 3:15 in the afternoon, right when the HS got out. When concerned parents confronted one of the irresponsible drivers, his response was, "I don't live on this street". He obviously didn't grasp the concept of how running over a child (or any human being) would have ruined HIS life. Please, please, any assassin players reading this not mix the game with driving. I agree that the game sounds like a blast with plenty of good, clean, fun. Being behind the wheel of a vehicle that can kill is no game. PLEASE DO NOT MIX THE TWO!!

Posted by GamerMom
a resident of Danville
on Mar 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

It's ok seniors, eventually you can work for companies that actually pay you while you do fun stuff like have Nerf guns wars! Go SRVHS Class of 2010!!

Posted by iamthe300
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Mar 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm

First off, this is the result of students that went against the rules of the game, brought NERF guns to school (parking lot), and got the administration involved. This was not the administrations fault, they were right. The real problem were the people that didn't obey school rules, not just game rules, school rules.

Second, the team, the one team that cause all of the controversy was kicked out of the game in preparation for this week. And for the dad that got involved, this is a game concerning SENIORS not dads who want to protect their children from a nonexistant threat.

Third, I want to remind parents that the school can't control what students do after school; the only reason they got involved is because a handful of nitwits broke their rules. If you, as "concerned" members of this community had a problem with the actions of those seniors participating in the game, get the police involved, your principal. And if people blame their actions on the game/moderator, the one that organized 300 kids to play a fun game of strategy, then they obviously do not want to be accountable for their actions. It is the individual at fault, people VOLUNTARILY decided to play the game.

I know people of this community would be up in arms if something happened and probably stone-to-death the person organizing it with law suits and a flurry of legal prosecutions. It is the individual, your son and daughter, who decided to play and those are the only people who themselves control the game in accordance to the rules.

Posted by iamthe300
a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Mar 9, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Oh, and since the game is so important to the seniors, an outside organizer is taking over as moderator and the game is going on.

Posted by Just curious
a resident of Danville
on Mar 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Since I don't have kids at the high school yet, could someone please provide some background on the game, what it is, what has happened with all this and how it came to be cancelled. From what I've read it sounds fairly harmless. Since my kids will be at the h.s. in the next few years, I'd like to know what to expect. Thanks

Posted by rex quan
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 9, 2010 at 5:40 pm

the game is back on. suck it liberals

Posted by fdffsd
a resident of Danville
on Mar 9, 2010 at 9:49 pm

hahahahaha last I checked nerf guns arnt illegal and its not happing on campus so whatcha gonna do

Posted by Assassin' ain't a Sin
a resident of Danville
on Mar 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

Just Curious:

Assassins is basically a nerf battle. Each person is assigned a "hit" (the person that they need to "kill" by hitting them on their body somewhere with a nerf gun--relatively painless). Once they "kill" their hit, they are then assigned that person's hit, and so on and so forth until you are the last man (or woman) standing. There is a person who heads the game that you call into when you have killed some one, and they then tell you who your next hit is.

When I was playing it ('03 and '04), we had strict rules like...No killing on campus, you have to be invited into some one's house to be able to hit them in their house...etc. It really was good clean fun! It was a fun way to get out of the house, get creative, and even meet new people you hadn't met before in your senior class. I agree that you should not involve driving in the mix...but I always found it more fun to chase some one down on foot anyways!

PS. My alliance won the 2004 assassins's definitely a point of pride! I went on to graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor's it's all about balancing the fun and the have some fun Seniors!

Posted by Just Curious
a resident of Danville
on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for the explanation. Sounds pretty harmless to me, other than the comment about driving. If everyone sticks to the rules, there's no reason not to let it continue. Have fun!

Posted by umyea
a resident of Danville
on Jan 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

I realize this is years past this article...but I just want to add:
1. There was a car accident last night due to this game.
2. They spend hundreds of dollars on their nerf guns and bullets...bullets that get littered around Danville like Mardi Gras beads in NOLA. Not cool.

Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

Teens learning to stalk their peers, teens afraid to leave their homes for fear of getting "shot" is just plain Dangerous!
Who can approve of a "game" that goes on 24/7 even at the private residences and in cars? Do we need a tragedy to put limits on this behavior?

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