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Austin school district shuts down “Student Assassin” game

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Administrators with Texas' Austin Independent School District have put the brakes on a tradition at a high school called "Senior Assassins."

Students at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy, known as LASA, have organized the game for nearly a decade.

"It's part of the culture," said Nathan Bendich who graduated from LASA in 2012.

The game is planned by students and played during the school day in between classes.

A concerned viewer first contacted NBC affiliate KXAN about the game, saying it was not right and cited recent school shootings, including the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.

When KXAN asked Austin ISD officials about the game Sunday, they had not heard about it and started checking with school officials immediately.

"As we found out this is a game played in high schools across the country, but the game is ideally kept in secret as well," said Edmund Oropez, AISD's Associate Superintendent of High Schools.

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