Putnam County Sheriff's Office urges students to not participate in TikTok 'Assassin' game

News 12 first reported on the TikTok game, “Assassin,” last week when some parents in Goshen reached out with concerns about seniors playing it as part of an off-campus high school challenge

Blaise Gomez

May 10, 2023, 11:04 AM

Updated 385 days ago

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Law enforcement in Putnam County say they responded to a call Tuesday involving teens playing a “dangerous game” involving water guns that resemble actual firearms. 
News 12 first reported on the TikTok game, “Assassin,” last week when some parents in Goshen reached out with concerns about seniors playing it as part of an off-campus high school challenge.
The game involves players using water guns to "assassinate" their targets, often in public places. “While the game may seem harmless it can lead to dangerous situations, including trespassing and unsafe driving,” said the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in a statement. “Using realistic-looking water guns can cause confusion and panic among bystanders, who may mistake the toy for an actual weapon. This can lead to unnecessary police interventions and accidental injuries.” 
The Sheriff's Office urges students to refrain from playing the game and instead, “choose safer and more responsible activities.” Parents are asked to monitor their children's behavior to ensure they are not endangering themselves or others. 
The game has sparked mixed reaction among parents and the community. Some feel it’s harmless. Others say the game is inappropriate and can be dangerous and frightening for onlookers.


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