CINCINNATI (FOX19) - It’s that time of year again, when high-school students return to the streets for nerf wars.
FOX19 NOW spoke with Hamilton Township police about how the game has changed this year for Little Miami students.
Kidnapping, nudity and a cash prize… not usual three things you associate with high schoolers. But every year nerf wars or dart wars roll around, and it’s the talk of the school.
Hamilton Township police have posted a warning to kids participating in the event because of issues they ran into a few years back.
“Some kids were surrounding a house, waiting for a student to come out so they could tag him with the darts,” Police Chief Scott Hughes said. “Some neighbors had seen it and, from a distance, they see these kids dressed up in all black, and they had painted their guns to look more realistic.”
Hughes says students also carried a nerf battle into a local business, creating problems.
The largest issues occur when the neon-colored nerf guns are spray-painted black to look like a real weapon.
" If you do this kind of activity," Hughes said, “it’s going to generate a police response, and nobody wants anyone to get hurt. We want you guys to have fun and enjoy it. Just got to use some common sense and have some responsibility.”
Hughes says the students at Little Miami have taken a step in the right direction by putting rules in place that disqualify participants who play the game on school grounds or inside a business or have the police called on them."
“I’ve got to give the kids, if you will, credit for realizing, ‘Hey, we got to be smart about this.' We want to have fun, but looking at this from a 30,000 feet and being a little more… smart, I guess is the word, to put these rules in-place on their own," Hughes said.