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New Hampshire

March 25, 2014

Londonderry officials concerned about Assassins game

Assassins involves squirt guns, airsoft guns

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On one occasion, a student hid in a pile of leaves at a bus stop, waiting for the victim, and could have been struck by the bus, Parent said.

In Merrimack, police issued a warning to high school students about the dangers of playing the game and charged two teens with reckless driving. The game was later called off.

At Londonderry High, Parent said playing the game has been a junior class tradition. Students know they are not allowed to play it on school grounds and respect that rule, he said.

“We are holding our collective breath that no one gets hurt,” Parent said. “These are good kids.”

When there’s an incident involving a student, Parent said, they talk to the individual and the parents.

“All we can do is try to educate the student about the drawbacks,” he said.

Londonderry police also talk to the teens, who often use airsoft guns, Olson said.

The problem is residents become concerned when they seen strangers running through their neighborhood with guns, sometimes even in their own yards.

“It raises a concern that not everyone knows the guns aren’t real,” Olson said.

Four years ago, Londonderry police received a report of a possible break-in near Severance and Elwood Roads. Several officers responded to find two teens playing with squirt guns.

While other local police and school officials say playing Assassins hasn’t been a problem in their towns, some say teens are obviously playing the game. Sanborn Regional High School principal Brian Stack said although students do not play Assassins at school, where it’s not allowed, teens are often overheard talking about the game.

Two students have received warnings this year about bringing squirt guns to school, he said. “It has bubbled up in the past,” Stack said. “I think any high school is susceptible to this.”

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