Regarding the Dec. 7 Metro article “  ‘Assassin’ game at Md. school has some on edge”:

The game “Assassin” is a Montgomery Blair High School tradition that has been around for many years. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, my junior and senior years, I ran the game with a good friend of mine. It is a great way to build a sense of community and sportsmanship among a massive student body that can feel disconnected. The game introduces participants to people students have never met and sometimes have never seen, and it is an entirely student-driven initiative to engage Blazers in their community. It is not some nefarious operation and has never been kept a secret. In fact, it received a spread in the 2013 yearbook. To suggest that “Assassin” has some connection to the problem of school violence, even potentially, is simply sensationalism.

More important, this paranoia distracts from a much-needed conversation about actual sources of youth-on-youth violence, such as mental illness. I am confused about the major coverage and attention devoted to this “issue,” given that when a a police officer tased a student last year, the Blair community responded with vague acceptance.

School violence isn’t a game. Let’s not make it one.

Peter McNally, New York