Ocean Township HS principal warns community about ‘Senior Assassin’ game

Ocean Township High School has an annual tradition called “Senior Assassin.” It is a somewhat terrifying name for a rather simple game of water gun tag.

Matt Trapani and Ali Reid

Apr 21, 2023, 10:54 PM

Updated 364 days ago

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Officials at a Monmouth County high school are warning the public about a senior tradition that could unintentionally become dangerous.
Ocean Township High School has an annual tradition called “Senior Assassin.” It is a somewhat terrifying name for a rather simple game of water gun tag.
“Kids will form teams – teams of two, typically, and the goal is to eliminate other teams, and the last team standing wins the game,” says Principal Dawn Kaszuba.
Teenagers will typically wear masks, hide in bushes and ambush the other teams. Kaszuba says that no activity of that nature will be allowed on school grounds. She is warning the community on the matter, as well.
“I want them to have safe, fun activities. It’s just that this has become increasingly more unsafe as a result of what’s happening, not only here in Ocean Township, but around the nation,” Kaszuba says.
But some say that the game needs to have a serious revamp now in the culture of school shootings and weapons on campuses.
“No one would have thought - it would have been great memories. It would have been in our yearbook, and we'd look back. Unfortunately, today it’s bad optics and it can send the wrong message,” says safety and security expert Bill Stanton.
Stanton says it is more of a commentary on where America is as a culture.
“Actions have equal or greater reactions, so it behooves all of us to have some common sense, take the temperature of the room and act accordingly,” Stanton says.
According to the school's seniors, there are particular ground rules. Students can't play on school grounds, at someone's job or in religious places. They say they plan on moving forward with the game.
“As long as everyone is having fun, it can be all good,” one student told News 12.
School officials say future steps will involve communication with student leaders to come up with an alternative solution that would be just as much fun.


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