Zombie Game at Kentucky’s Transylvania University Leads to Possible Gang Threat

Josh Kegley, The Kansas City Star, April 30, 2013

ThA Transylvania University student wearing a red bandanna thought it was a joke when three men told him he was in the wrong territory and threatened to shoot him Sunday night, police said.

The student was playing Humans vs. Zombies, an organized version of playground tag popular on college campuses. Players wear bandannas to signify which team they are on—humans or zombies—and zombies are often in danger of being blasted with foam darts.

But bandannas in certain colors have been used to signify gang affiliations. The Bloods, one of the nation’s most well-known gangs, and groups inspired by it identify with the color red.

Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the Transylvania student did not remember what gang the men mentioned.


The incident happened about 10:15 p.m. Sunday as the student was walking along Fourth Street near Transylvania’s campus. The three men pulled alongside him in a sport-utility vehicle “and advised him to remove his bandanna or they would shoot him,” a police report said.

The student initially shrugged off the warning, but the men kept watching him as he walked away, Roberts said. The student took off the bandanna and reported the encounter to campus authorities, who referred it to Lexington police.


A campus alert was sent to students Sunday night, and players were asked to take off their bandannas. The Transylvania Gaming Society, a student organization, agreed Monday to cancel the game early and think of new ways to identify players the next time, said Bob Brown, associate dean of student affairs.


Players on the zombie team typically seek out and tag “human” players, who defend themselves with foam weapons, such as NERF blasters and pool noodles, or by throwing marshmallows or rolled-up socks.

Zombies who are hit may not chase or tag humans for a short time. Humans who are tagged become members of the zombie team.

According to the rules on the game’s official Web site, Humansvszombies.org, a zombie is designated by wearing a bandanna on his or her head. Members of the human team wear headbands or bandannas around their arms or legs.


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  • Puggg

    The student was playing Humans vs. Zombies

    Some people were playing that same game for keeps.

  • APaige

    Humans vs. Zombies can quickly become Humans vs. Negros.
    Sorry if I offended any Zombies.

    • brengunn

      Nope, it would become Negroes vs Humans. We all know the Humans wouldn’t be allowed to go hunting.

    • Humans vs. Savages.

    • sbuffalonative

      Liberal white man, meet real-life black man.

  • Nathanwartooth

    This actually sounds like a lot of fun.

    Of course you can’t have fun when you are near a Black city.

  • MekongDelta69

    It goes without saying that the game players were white and the SUV inhabitants were… (Jeez, idk. This is a tough one… let me think… Hmm… I’m gonna go with… black.)

    What’s really disgusting is this:
    “A campus alert was sent to students Sunday night, and players were asked to take off their bandannas. The Transylvania Gaming Society, a student organization, agreed Monday to cancel the game early and think of new ways to identify players the next time, said Bob Brown, associate dean of student affairs.”

    Once again – for the 10 zillionth time since black students took over the Columbia U. campus in the late-mid 60s with their list of ‘demands’ and the spineless leftist administrators caved, spineless leftists cave again.

    How about – just for ONCE – just for the hell of being different – they get EVERYBODY on campus to wear Crips and Bloods bandanas, carry a weapon and confront the blacks in their SUV. And if they don’t have the spine to do that, AT LEAST report it to the cops.

    • Luca

      Seems like the least the cops in KC should do is a sting operation and walk the troublesome streets or campus with red bandannas on. Lock the punks up for making death threats, concealed weapons, illegal weapons, etc. etc.

      Perhaps in another lifetime.

      • Non Humans

        How about they just outlaw and make nonhumans illegal?

  • bigone4u

    I hope this “diversity training” wakes the college student and his fellow gamers up to the dangers of multiculturalism and diversity. Imagine being murdered for displaying a bandanna of the wrong color. Where will this insanity end?

    • Greg Thomas

      It won’t bigone. The diversity outreach efforts will only intensify.

    • Oh come on guys, you know where & how this will end.

  • The__Bobster

    The problem with a lot of prestigious colleges is that they’re mere blocks from the ghetto.

    • So CAL Snowman

      Yeah but most of those colleges were built when America was still America. Those ghettos used to be nice, upstanding communities full of productive White citizens. I suppose it is by complete “chance” that these communities have turned into ghetto slums as the major American cities have been transformed into non White hell holes.

  • The__Bobster

    The student should’ve told the spoonies that he was a zombie. They fear zombies and ghosts.

    • bigone4u

      My understanding of history is that the KKK did the white uniform and cross burning thing in response to blacks’ belief in ghosts.

      • the original Klan used to dress up like huge job applications.

        Scared the crap outta the “community”

  • KingKenton

    I’m actually less offended by the three thugs telling the guy to take the bandanna off than I am by the dork wearing it. What’s wrong with young White men today that they reduce themselves to such infantile behavior. Seriously, would any White man have engaged in such ridiculous behavior a mere 30 years ago. I’m sure a few would but certainly not on the scale we see today. You actually want a White woman to take you seriously when you run around with a Nerf gun playing a pretend game. Oooh, tag, your it. Jeez, I think I want to throw up.

    • bigone4u

      Great comment!!!! The feminists have pounded real masculinity into nonexistence on most campuses and so sissy games become a weak substitute..

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Back in the 1980s such games were wildly popular on college campuses. Hollywood even made a few movies about them including “Tag: The Assassination Game” and “Gotcha!” At my Upstate NY college in 1986, the game was called “Murder.” But our dorm director wouldn’t let us use dart or paintball guns. Reasoning: (1) you could take out someone’s eye and (2) he didn’t want the SWAT team showing up. Instead, you had to use a piece of scotch tape and place it on your target (with a witness) so the “hits” were up close and personal. Actually, it was a pretty good way for meeting members of the opposite sex.

    • IstvanIN

      Oh for pity sakes, it is a game. How is it any different than when I was in college in the late 70s/early80s and kids played a pickup ball game or Dungeons & Dragons. And why shouldn’t young people be able to play a silly game in a civilized country? Can’t we have anything any more?

    • jambi19

      This zombie game was getting popular back when I was in undergrad in 2005. Not exactly the A type personality student playing this game. I was too busy being an adult to play. This is what happens when you are 18, take out a 50,000$ loan, have lots of free time because undergraduate is relatively easy now and EVERYONE STILL CALLS YOU A KID! So what do you do?

    • zippy

      You’re looking at this “game” the wrong way. Do you think it would have been condoned by the collage if the students had said they were conducting night training operations in a hostile urban environment while armed with the modern equivalent of MILES gear against a specific (brainless) population? Oh sorry we’re just playing a little game.

    • Nathanwartooth

      So by your definition women should get with the gangbangers because they take life super serious. So serious in fact that they drive around with guns looking for people wearing the wrong colors to shoot.

      No woman could ever be interested in someone who likes to have fun and play games. Perish the thought.

      • KingKenton

        That is not what I said. That is the conclusion you drew based on flawed reasoning.

    • Yes, it’s childish, but lots of things that are fun are childish. My daughter and I spent much of the morning flying the radio-controlled pterosaur I made her for Christmas. We had a great time. I guess it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

      Compared to watching television, running around – or in the case of the zombies, shambling around – with NERF guns sounds like a very productive use of time.

      Where “pretend games” go, just what exactly is a “real” game? The whole point to games is that they are not real. Isn’t it better to be an active participant in recreation than to sit and watch someone else do it? Certainly, but immense numbers of people consider watching professional, paid “afaweets” throw a ball around to be the acme of fun. Football is pretend. Basketball is pretend. There are some real sports out there, like mountain climbing and hunting dangerous game, but jock “sports” aren’t the real thing, and the folks who watch them are even farther removed from reality than the players. At least the team members are getting a reasonable cardiovascular workout, unlike the fans.

      Speaking only from personal observation, the lives of people who play live-action role-playing games (like the one in question), the lives of people who like fly-fishing, woodworking, knitting, snorkeling, restoring old cars, bird-watching, and a zillion other ACTIVE pastimes are far richer and healthier than those who’s lives center on television.

      Television is one of the major faults in developed nations today. Sedentary, passive entertainment is part of why so many people are overweight. Instead of nit-picking about why someone is out for a walk in the evening, or whether their reasons should be taken seriously by you or anyone else, just let it go. They’re having harmless fun, and they need nothing from you: not cooperation, understanding or even permission.

  • Secret Tribunal

    “As unfortunate as this isolated incident was, suggesting that Whites ever have a rational reason to fear blacks has been deemed a Hate Crime by the Alliance for Diversity Inclusion.”

  • a multiracial individual

    They need to bring back robbery bait sting operations again. It is my understanding that in NYC they used to use undercover Asian police officers to catch (armed) robbers.

    • Xerxes22

      Detroit had a similar program but mayor Colman Young abolished it. Blacks don’t like these tactics because they seem to catch only Blacks.

      • a multiracial individual

        Non-criminal Blacks would benefit the most from such policies.

        • blight14

          Both of them………………

  • fakeemail

    I find zombies less terrifying.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    They aren’t allowed to call it “Humans versus Muslims” anymore”.

  • Rhialto

    This collegean was lucky the 3 youths that accosted him were of above average (afro) intelligence. If they not, they would have shot him dead, laughed, and drove away.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    We should have just sent them to Liberia when we had the chance.

    • StillModerated

      It would be more fun to send them to da great waddymelon patch in da sky.

  • StillModerated

    Zombies should wear brown or black bandanas, humans should wear white ones.

  • me

    Blacks are why we can’t have nice things….or return to the moon….or have functioning schools….or lower insurance….or lower taxes….etc. I’ve got Black fatigue.

  • Next in the news, negrotic “gangsta” idiots shoot deaf people for using sign language.

    Wait a minute, they’ve already done that. My bad. Never mind.

  • thoughtcrime

    Ironic that they are playing a gang Zombies vs. Humans. I use the term Zombie as a replacement for Negro. The reasons I feel Zombie is apt name for them because they both:

    *Have ill-fitting clothing
    *Are dangerous only in large numbers
    *Mill about aimlessly
    *Lack higher brain function & mutter unintelligibly
    *Only consume, never produce
    *Reproduce quickly
    *Both smell of death
    *Partake in cannibalism
    *Destroy all civilized societies with their mere presence

    If I missed any aspects akin to both…lemme know.

    • They both walk funny.

    • StillModerated

      Zombies can make fairly good data entry personnel. Bantus, not so much.

  • Richard

    I feel bad for a zombie who encounters a negro – he’s guaranteed to starve!

  • Paleoconn

    It’s all fun and games until somebody wanders into gangland turf and gets riddled with bullets.

    Expressions for a new age.