Teenagers are infamous for their poor decision-making skills, but this bone-headed stunt they pulled in Michigan, playing the “assassination” game, and getting the target wrong.
The graduating seniors say it was just a school prank with a toy pistol, but the Plainfield Township woman stopped on the way to work says the gun looked real, the threat seemed serious and she was afraid for her life.
“Terrified,” says Nicole Laughlin.
As a senior prank, some students about to graduate from Grand Rapids Christian High School play a game they call “assassination.” They block a car and shoot the driver, usually another student, with a toy pistol that fires foam bullets.
Last week, the victim was a terrified mother, Nicole Laughlin, on her way to work.
She recalls, “A car darted out in front of me to block my exit, a moment later a man hiding behind some bushes jumped out, grabbed my door handle, held a gun in my window, held the door handle and kept yanking on it.
“I thought my life was in danger.”
The student who tried to open the driver’s side door handle then ran to the blocking vehicle and drove off, but not before the terrified woman was able to get the license plate number and track them down. Authorities are contemplating whether or not the students will face charges.
It would have been reasonable for the victim of such an ambush to draw a weapon carried in the car or on their person and then engage both the man who jumped out of the bushes, and potentially then driver and occupants of the vehicle blocking them in. This had all the earmarks of an attempted carjacking or assassination attempt, and a smart person wouldn’t wait to “talk it out” to discover out whether the attacker was wanting to take the driver’s keys or the the driver’s life.
The time for talking ended when the student jumped out of the bushes with a gun.
These students are very lucky to have ambushed an unarmed person instead of a concealed carrier or off-duty cop, or their stupid little stunt could have easily resulted in them catching bullets.