Be wary of the “Assassination Game” which has become popular among high school seniors. This is a prank that often takes place in public and involves attacking someone with fake weapons.
The latest victims if Nicole Laughlin, a West Michigan woman who said that is feel traumatized after being the butt of a joke. She thought, at first, that she was being car jacked.
She said that she was terrified and that initially she thought that as she was about to leave for work on she was being carjacked. She saw a man jump out from the bushes and leap out at her from the passenger side of her vehicle. She got scared and started honking her horn.
She said that he repeatedly shook the handle of her car while holding what looked like a gun at her window. Laughlin said that she was absolutely terrified and that she hardly remembers anything about the incident except for him holding his gun.
She followed the guy, who eventually gave up, and took pictures of him as he drove away. She helped police identify them, who determined the gun was not real, and the intended target was not even supposed to be Laughlin.
These kids were very lucky that they did not accidentally target someone who would have taken more extreme measures to defend themselves. They got out of this situation with a slap on the wrist from the authorities, but it could have played out differently and lead to them losing their lives.
“In this particular instance it was kind of a case of mistaken identity,” said Detective Joel Roon with the Kent County Sheriff’s Department. “Where the players of the game were supposed to ‘assassinate’ someone who lived nearby.”
“They approached the wrong vehicle with the wrong person in it,” he added.
Police investigated the incident as an attempted carjacking, not realizing until they tracked the people down that they were students with Grand Rapids Christian Schools and that this was part of the “Assassination Game.”
“We are familiar with the game, so once it came out that this was a game play-related incident, they were released into the custody of their parents and the school, so there were no arrests made,” Roon said.
Thomas DeJonge, Superintendent of Grand Rapids Christian Schools, released a statement saying the school deeply regrets what happened and sincerely apologizes.