Senior Assassin Prank Ends in Paralysis: Teenage Boy Shot with Real Gun in Kansas


Senior Assassin Prank Turns Deadly: High Schooler Paralyzed in Shooting Frenzy

Goddard, Kansas: A high school “senior assassin” game spiraled out of control last month, leaving an 18-year-old paralyzed and one man facing attempted murder charges.

The Fatal Prank

On May 11, Anakin Zehring, his two friends, and two other teenagers engaged in a “senior assassin” prank, a social media challenge where students target one another with water or gel-bead guns.

Outside a Goddard Walmart, Zehring’s friends allegedly fired a gel-bead gun at S.C., a 17-year-old female, and her boyfriend, G.B. S.C. called her father, Ruben Marcus Contreras, who promptly drove to the scene.

The Confrontation Turns Tragic

According to an affidavit, Contreras confronted Zehring and his friends in their car and allegedly fired several shots. One bullet struck Zehring in the back, piercing his liver, kidney, and spinal cord, resulting in his paralysis from the waist down.

Zehring’s friends fled the scene, but authorities later apprehended them for questioning.

Charges and Arrests

Contreras has been charged with first-degree attempted murder and was released on bond from the Sedgwick County Jail. His attorney declined to comment on the case.

Game Gone Wrong

The deadly turn of events highlights the dangers lurking within seemingly harmless pranks. The “senior assassin” game has led to other incidents, including school lockdowns on Long Island.

In this case, a misunderstanding and quick escalation of events left a young man with life-altering injuries.

Community Outpouring

[Image of Anakin Zehring GoFundMe page]

Zehring’s family launched a GoFundMe page to raise funds for his ongoing medical care and recovery. The page has received an outpouring of support, demonstrating the community’s concern and compassion.

Lessons Learned

The tragedy serves as a stark warning about the importance of responsible and safe behavior, both online and offline. Parents, educators, and law enforcement must work together to educate young people about the potential risks associated with such games.

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