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“Assassins” game to go on

Original post made by Daniel Morizono on Mar 10, 2010

The game played by nearly 300 seniors at San Ramon Valley High School this year, "Assassins," will continue despite earlier fears of a cancellation. An outside organizer, college student and San Ramon alumnus, Joe Christianson, will replace the previous moderator, a senior at San Ramon.

"Assassins" is a game played in teams where players "eliminate" each other with Nerf guns, earning points in the process. The game may not be played anytime during school hours or during school sporting events. Game rules state that assassinations may be made directly within players' houses, as well as on exterior property, such as a front lawn. Teams are organized into brackets and the winning team with the most points earns a cash prize.

This game is played annually by students at San Ramon Valley High School in the spring. A similar "Assassins" tournament is also being played across town at Monte Vista High School.

Comments (3)

Posted by Gary, a resident of Danville
on Mar 12, 2010 at 7:32 am

I read the earlier negative buzz on this event with mixed emotions. Growing up in Michigan in the 60's/70's, as young kids we used to run around the block playing "Cowboys/Indians, Cops/Robbers, GI's/Germans, Rebels/Yankees, etc." with dozens of other kids in the neighborhood, we'd act out battle scenes using our imagination and building forts with refrigerator boxes, Christmas trees, bikes, etc. Remember what was on TV, maybe that influenced our playtime - "Combat", "F Troop", "Untouchables", "Batman", and a myriad of westerns. None of us grew up to be killers because we ran around going "bang bang" with plastic guns and water pistols, it was just a thing we played along with Whiffle Ball, HORSE, football, etc. It was momentary, good clean exercise and fun, and nobody gave it a 2nd thought, including the parents. Back then, our "fun" wasn't over-managed by our parents like it is today.

So I don't see a problem letting off steam with Nerf toys that anyone can buy off the shelves at Toys R Us, as long as it doesn't get out of hand. I certainly don't care for the name they chose (Assassins), as we preferred to call it Capture the Flag -like paintball without the paint. Too many folks get "wigged out" today reading way too much into things, so let's let the kids play and not be afraid that this game will breed future terrorists, for crying out loud.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Mar 12, 2010 at 9:17 am

Thank god sanity reigns in Danville!

You hear on the news how a kid gets sent home from school for making a "gun" with his fingers. We hope that kind of paranoia will never exist here.

Let the kids have fun! Think of all the crazy things we did when we were kids. Parents, the schools, and the city don't have to get themselves involved in EVERY part of our kids lives.


Posted by SRVHS Dad, a resident of Danville
on Mar 12, 2010 at 11:41 am

We've become far too sensitive and PC. Enjoy the read...

I returned from my patrol (day job) last evening to find two assailants (high school seniors) patrolling my base camp (walking around the public sidewalks in front of my property). These assailants were searching for an enemy soldier (my high school senior son) they had moments earlier attempted to ambush and "assassinate". This soldier (my son) was returning from his platoon's patrol (math study group). These assailants had staged an ambush (hiding in my bushes) that failed to "assassinate" my son, as he eluded their bullets (Nerf darts) and retreated to a safe zone (neighbor's bushes) down the street. He then radioed his commander (called his dad on his cell phone) for an extraction behind enemy lines. I performed the extraction and while returning to home base executed a retaliatory strike that resulted in the "assassination" (Nerf darts to the torso) of one of the original assailants.

Admittedly, my bushes lost a few branches and the neighbor's dog barked a bit, but all good clean fun in the process. Also, these Nerf guns are much better than those "rubber-band" and "cap-guns" guns we used to use…

What great fun. No one hurt, all rules followed, no drinking, no drugs and they all eventually said their goodbyes and went home to finish their homework. I retired to the rest of my family, help my wife with my set of household chores (dishes, pay the bills) and took some time one NPR.com and FoxNews.com to catch up on the real issues in our society.

I'm not ex-military, prefer peace over war and pay my taxes.

Boy it's been fun and a bit therapeutic typing this…

Life's too short everyone.


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