Wausau West seniors face consequences from nerf guns
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
It was a game gone wrong. A trending game called "Nerf Wars” left some Wausau West seniors with disorderly conduct citations Tuesday night.
In the game, teams play in Nerf gun battles. It started a few years ago at the high school. But now, it's led to trouble.
"It traumatized my kid,” said Scott Hansen of Wausau. “He didn't sleep last night, he didn't sleep well at all."
Wausau police say neighbors near Stevens Street reported someone pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night. Turns out, they were Wausau West students holding Nerf guns.
Hansen's son was one of them. He thinks police took it too far.
"I just think at that point it got a little out of hand,” said Hansen. “Then the issuing of citations was really out of hand."
"They did scare a number of people in the area," said Captain Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Dept.
Six students, all seniors, were cited for disorderly conduct.
"Our dispatch said there were three people with firearms,” said Bliven. "So we had to respond appropriately. We wanted to do everything as safe as possible for us and for the citizens in the area."
The school has also placed some students on athletic probation. This isn't the first time the Wausau school district has dealt with this game.
Parents received a letter about it last week, warning them any complaints will "be investigated and handled accordingly."
"It tends to evolve at times, and I think that's what we're dealing with,” said Jeff Lindell, the district's director of pupil services. “We definitely had some concerns last year, but I think the game just keeps evolving."
According to the school district, none of the students involved will be suspended.