Local HS warns of springtime 'Nerf Wars'

A Nerf gun (Photo courtesy of Hasbro.com)
A Nerf gun (Photo courtesy of Hasbro.com)

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Officials at a local high school are warning parents about a popular game that could be dangerous for students.

In an email sent to parents of Lakota East High School students on Wednesday, administrators revealed this time of year is typical for 'Nerf Wars'.

Yes, the plastic toy guns that shoot foam ammunition.

In part, the email reads: "We have great kids at Lakota East. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when great kids sometimes make bad decisions."

School leaders say the Nerf Wars involve chasing other students around town in vehicles, in order to 'shoot' and eliminate the opponent from the game using Nerf guns.

Apparently, the students have gotten more savvy with the game. Officials say rules have been developed to avoid being 'shot', which include situations such as being at school or being nude in public.

Lakota East says Nerf Wars are a tradition that has been going on for a number of years, and they send out an email to parents every spring to remind parents to talk to their kids about making safe decisions.

According to administration, the game had bad consequences last year "where a group of students was involved in an accident and subsequently arrested for being nude at the time."

They also emphasized Lakota East does not condone the game, and Nerf Wars are not a school sanctioned activity.

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