Assassins is coming
Ladies and gentlemen of Bedford High School, take shelter because the assassins are coming back. Beginning on Sunday April, 5th at midnight (technically Monday morning), dozens of students will be researching and eliminating their schoolmates because this year’s junior class has decided to continue the beloved tradition of Assassins. For those of you who haven’t heard of this paranoia-inducing game, it’s basically a giant a game of tag where everyone’s It. Interested students of the junior class pair off and have one week to shoot their randomly selected targets with a water gun. Those who successfully eliminate their targets move on to the next week. This continues until all players are eliminated, and the victorious pair wins quite a large sum of money. Seeing as though each pair gives $20 to enter, the cash prize becomes quite large. It can get a little crazy.
For those of you thinking it’s a bad idea to arm dozens of teenagers with water guns and a covert mission, the junior spearheading this movement, Cory Wallace, has ensured that the safety of the students and the community will be kept in mind throughout the duration of the game. He controls each pair’s targets, a “court” for rule discrepancies, and the rule book itself. This extensive list of rules, many of which have been tweaked and voted on over time, will make sure there will be no dangerous or even illegal activities. For example, one rule gives students immunity at school and work as well as other periods of safety in order to compensate for travel time to and from cars.
Though these rules may seem to take away from the spontaneity and paranoia of the game, it will limit repeats of serious problems that occurred in past, such as a member of our own faculty almost being seriously injured by a car stalking through the junior lot without headlights on. Because of problems like these, many members of the Bedford community asked for the game to be banned altogether over the years, causing it to be removed from the school’s control. Here lies the reason why a couple of students have decided to take it upon themselves to organize an intense yet fair game of assassins for this year’s junior class.
So, if you’re a Bedford High School junior with a friend and 20 bucks, you can join in on the fun. Yes, you may have to sleep with your eyes open for weeks, but the prize money sure will be worth it. All information and specifics regarding this year’s game of Assassins can be found at its twitter page, @AssassinsBHS.