For months every year, upperclassmen at Glenbrook South High School outside Chicago divide into teams, arm themselves with Nerf guns, and "kill" their fellow classmates to win money. It's a game called Paranoia, and it's been a tradition at high schools in the Chicago area for years. But the Chicago Tribune reports officials at Glenbrook South and local police issued a warning against the game this week. In an email that went out to the parents of more than 3,000 students, officials say the game is inappropriate due to the levels of violence in Chicago and schools around the country. They also say Paranoia involves unsafe car chases and "derogatory" team names.
While some parents and students understand why Glenbrook South wants to distance itself from the game, others say the warning is an example of schools "overextending their authority." Rules on the Glenbrook South Paranoia page say it's not to be played at school or while driving more than 5mph. And local police say they've received zero complaints or reports related to the game. "Instead of out doing other illegal stuff, they're having fun and trying to be safe," says one Glenbrook South student who was "killed" last week. Three-hundred Glenbrook South students signed up to play Paranoia this year. (Read more Chicago stories.)