By Trana Addel and Isabella Estrada
Assassin is a senior tradition at Alameda High School in which seniors participate in an elimination-style game. Each player is assigned to a target to ‘kill’ by using water as a mock weapon. Most seniors use waters guns and water bottles to get their targets. After filling class after class of seniors with anxiety for years now, Assassin began Feb. 2.
Each student has to pay $5 to participate, and the winner collects all the money that the students have contributed.
“There are currently 154 students playing,” senior Shannon Regan said. Regan is coordinating the game, along with senior Michaela Dunworth. “The whole senior class is welcome,” Regan said. According to the Assassin page on Instagram, that number was down to 45 as of Feb. 20.
Eric Shawn, dean of the school, says that this is “not a school event” and that it is an “independent” game. “If something happens on school grounds, we would be contacting parents,” said Shawn. “None of the activities should happen on school grounds at all and cannot distract or disturb student learning in any way.”
All seniors who participate are given a name of another participating senior who is their target. Players must eliminate their target by spraying them with water during the eligible hours and locations of the game. If a senior is sprayed with water, that person is eliminated from the game. If a senior sprays a target with water, that senior gets a new target. This process continues until one person remains.
Each participating senior has a different method of eliminating their target. Andrea Chavez, a senior, plans to get her target out “after their practice with a filled bottle.”
Giana Pellettieri, a senior, was eliminated on the first day. “ I was parked right in front of school and I came out of my car and I stepped onto the curb and my back was wet. I didn’t even see them coming, they just snuck up on me,” Pellettieri said.
The honesty-based system is sometimes hard to monitor. “We’ve had a couple situations where we’ve not been sure if people are being honest,” says Dunworth “then people stay in the game if they don’t say the truth. It’s hard to be fair”
Feeling extreme paranoia that they will be eliminated, players worry and often do not participate at all in fear of not being able to handle the anxiety that comes along with the game. Senior Nessal Murillo chose not to play because she worried about “being paranoid every second like when walking home or after school activities.”
- Cannot assassinate anyone at anytime on campus or during school hours (7:00-2:55), even if the person is not on campus during school hours, ie: free period, lunch, you cannot assassinate them.
- Cannot assassinate in someone’s house; outside is acceptable .
- Keep your target to yourself.
- Can assassinate your target using any form of water (guns, hoses).
- Must have proof of the assassination of your target, and send to coordinators. You will not receive a new target until proof and is confirmed (does not have to be a picture, you or your target can contact us).
- You must assassinate your target within two weeks of receiving them or else you will be ineligible to continue the game.
- If you suspect that someone has you and you get them before they get you, then they are not allowed to make another attempt for 24 hours.
- Once you assassinate someone, you will receive their target.
- No “drive-by” assassinations.
- The amount of water on your target when assassinated must be at least the size of a tennis ball to actually be considered assassinated.
- Water must come in contact with body/clothes. If your target shields themselves and the water does not make contact with their body, they have not been assassinated.
- Safe zones: work, practice, the blocks around the perimeter of the school, BE HONEST!
(All rules via Instagram, @ahsassassin)