High School Rite of Passage or a Game That Needs to Be Stopped?

Two high school seniors defend the game "assassins."

High school seniors after getting tagged out in "assassins."



As seniors in the Blue Valley School district, we endure four long years of competitive classes, ACTs, plus social and academic pressure to finally say we are seniors —  we made it. As part of the many traditions that accompany senior year, the game "assassins" is the district favorite.

Each year the senior class plays this student-led game in hopes of winning the grand prize: cash. There is a $10-$20 buy in, with the winning amount totaling $700-$1000. The game operates in a one-week cycle, each week a participating student is assigned a target and has until the end of the week to hit their “mark” with water from a Super Soaker or other water toys that are brightly colored, not black or silver.

The rules of the game include no playing on school property, including any school event. Houses are safe zones, outdoor property is not. A student’s place of work is safe unless they are walking out and finished with their shift. Religious buildings and related parking lots are absolutely forbidden.

Blue Valley District superintendent Todd White is “not a fan” of this game. The principals from each school in the district have sent out emails warning of the dangers of the game and the OPPD released a statement that they do not agree with the nature of the game.

However, as high school seniors, we say let us have our fun. The school has no affiliation with "assassins" although underclassmen and teachers alike follow the game on Twitter. Each “spray” must come with a photo as proof, which is then tweeted out for everyone to see. It’s funny and exciting to keep track of who is still left in the game and everyone involved is interested.

The accomplishments we have made the during past four years earns us a pass at having fun with our senior class. "Assassins" is a game. Not something adults should be making a big deal over. The point of the game is to make a few final memories with our senior class while having fun and reconnecting with people we otherwise would not have had the chance to talk to before graduation.

As seniors who will never be able to partake in an event with our graduating class ever again, we say everyone needs to relax, laugh and let us enjoy this ritual that has been going on for decades.

We're only seniors once.