Apr 29, 2013 12:20 PM
An annual tradition at Transylvania University of a zombies versus humans game was ended Sunday night after an alleged threat was made.
A threat against a student has put the game on indefinite suspension. The game is played not only at Transy but at campuses across the country. But the four-day game of what is essentially tag was put on hold late Sunday night.
According to the dean of student affairs, a student was walking down Fourth Street Sunday when he was approached by three men in a car. They apparently identified themselves as gang members and warned the student that if he didn't remove his red bandanna he could get shot. The bandanna is part of the zombie game, and signifies a student has been tagged and turned into a zombie. Officials say when they heard the news they immediately took action.
"It was about 10 after 11 and we didn't want to put anyone in anymore danger," said Bob Brown, the dean of student affairs. "So, that late at night lets shut it down for the night and talk about it tomorrow and see how we can continue the game without putting anyone at risk."
Officials describe Transy as a small, safe campus. They say they wanted to err on the side of caution while still allowing the kids to have fun.