District sends letter to parents about "Nerf Wars/Senior Shoot Out" game

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

The Eau Claire Area School District wants parents to know about a new game evolving through social media that involves Nerf guns.

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Here is a high school game you are probably familiar with. Softball. It has been played for ages and draws a crowd.

But outside of traditional high school activities we are used to, there is a new game that is emerging.

It is going by the name "Nerf Wars" or "Senior Shoot Out." The idea is simple; Memorial High School Senior Geoffrey Carter has not played it but has friends that do.

"Students set it up, other students join on, they post their teams on Twitter, so they know who else is involved with it," he said. "You find other people on other teams, track them down and shoot them."

With Nerf guns of course. From there, he says you post video of it on social media.

The game has gotten the attention of schools, most recently the Eau Claire Area School District.

District leaders sent out a letter to parents of students at Memorial High School and North High School detailing concerns they have about the game and making parents more aware of it that did not know about it already.

"We wanna be proactive in the communication with our parents and families and ask them to help them temper the activity," said Memorial High School Principal Dave Oldenberg.

He says there has been no negligence or injury to his knowledge and wants to keep it that way.

But in that letter to parents the district says there have been concerns about trespassing and reckless driving among other things.

Carter says the game is what you make it. It can be played safely or dangerously.

He says people have shot Nerf guns at each other on roads like Clairemont Avenue.

Oldenberg is glad students have found an activity they can take ownership of.

"I have a couple friends that made a team, and they were really excited about it, that's all they talked about," said Lindsey Boehn, a student at Memorial High School.

He just wants to make sure they play it safe.

"This is an activity we want parents to engage with students so they can engage with a safe and respectful manner for all," he said.

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