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Authorities Warn ‘Fugitive’ Game Dangerous For Teens

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TROPHY CLUB (CBSDFW.COM) – It has become an increasingly popular game for teenagers across the country, but authorities worry that the game could lead to participants getting hurt.

In the game, called ‘Fugitives’, teenagers divide into two groups, ‘cops’ and ‘fugitives’. If you’re a cop, the goal is to catch the fugitives and transport them back to jail — often by car.

But residents are becoming concerned that some of the teenagers are putting themselves at risk by playing the game at night.

“When I was growing up, we didn’t play in other people’s yards at night because somebody might come out with a gun,” said Trophy Club resident Sally Masters.

Law enforcement officials agree, though they do admit that the game is not illegal.

“[Residents] could mistake them for a burglar, and bad things can happen when that occurs,” said Trophy Club Commander Lee Delk.

Teenagers are using Twitter to organize their games, and many believe that the game poses no threat at all.

One of the local organizers sent CBS 11 a letter, saying the game actually encourages kids not to do drugs or drink alcohol.

Law enforcement agencies are just concerned that the games could get out of hand.

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