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Important Safety Message for LCPS Community

 

Dear LCPS  Families,

 

We are reaching out to our high school seniors and all LCPS families regarding a recent, and ongoing activity among our senior students, referred to as “the assassins game.” This activity stems from large-platform social media and involves students attempting to ‘eliminate’ each other by spraying water, often while out in the community. It has come to our attention that some students are using water guns that are “look-alike” or closely resemble real firearms and are hiding on private property. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has received calls regarding this activity where citizens report seeing people walking around with guns in public — mistaking the water guns for real ones.

 

Please understand that this is not a school-sponsored activity in any form. We strongly discourage students from participating in this game due to the potential risks involved. The use of realistic-looking weapons and aggressive behavior can cause alarm among community members and law enforcement, who may not be aware of the context.

 

Moreover, the act of pursuing others on LCPS school property, in public spaces, or on the road while driving can lead to dangerous situations. We remind students and parents that LCPS Policy 8235 prohibits weapons, including look-alike weapons, on school property and at school activities. 

 

We are deeply concerned that this game could result in serious accidents or misunderstandings that could potentially endanger lives.

 

We urge you to have a conversation with your child about the risks associated with this game. Please encourage them to refrain from participating in this activity. 

 

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in ensuring the safety of our students and community.

 

Published on May 3, 2024