Some Grade 12 students on the North Shore are playing a game that the school district is now raising concern about to parents in a letter.
The organizer of the tag-like game, called “Gotcha”, says each student pays $20 to play and the person who wins gets the accumulated cash jackpot, but if they’re tagged they’re out.
It’s possible to get back in, though.
“You either have the choice to remove yourself from the game, or you have the choice of stripping completely nude within an alotted time frame, or you can choose to pay another $20 dollars to redeem yourself and put youself back in the game.”
“I didn’t make up the game, it’s been going on for so long and this is sort of the tradition.”
Speaking to Global News, Mediated Reality Social Media Expert Jesse Miller says he understands why the school district is concerned, especially if there is nudity.
“In today’s connected world… where not only does social media play a huge role, but some of the kids using tools like SnapChat or Instagram, this might cause that consequence to go viral within their peer group.”
“The notion of a person nude in public does have the tendency to be an attractive bit of information online, whether it be for anybody who’s on social media. Or at the end of the day, anybody in their peer group who wants access to that information.”
Miller says that content could become part of their digital history.
The game’s organizer says if anyone does post footage online, the game stops and the prize money will instead go to charity.