‘Knockout Game’ Attacks Prompt Warning at Yale University

December 5, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Yale University sent out an email alert to students, warning them of the string of “knockout game” attacks in the New Haven area.

The vicious game is when people punch strangers for no reason, other than to try to knock them out with one punch.

Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins sent out the email alert after speaking with the New Haven Police Department.

There have been at least seven “knock out game” attacks in New Haven in November, reported the Yale Daily News, citing police.

While an Epoch Times investigation found that the attacks went back as far as 1992, there has been a resurgence in the attacks this year.

Many of the perpetrators are black.

While the number of attacks in New Haven are scaring the community, the attacks have subsided since late November, police spokeswoman Anna Mariotti said.

Yale students should stay alert and avoid isolated areas, particularly after dark, public relations manager Amy McDonald said.

Residents told the Daily News that there’s always been a need to be cautious. 

“We live in an urban area, and we have to be careful,” said Michael Kaplan, who graduated from Yale in 1986. “This is one more thing to be careful about.”

At the same time, he said he’s not sure whether the trend will become a problem for New Haven.

Zoe Dobuler, slated to graduate in 2017, said that she had never heard of the so-called game before the email from Police Chief Higgins. She is careful when walking around the campus at night but hasn’t changed anything since receiving the email.

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