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Hudson parents warned of the dangers of 'Nerf War'

The parents of Hudson High School students are being warned about problems that could result from their children playing a popular game called Nerf War.

Late Tuesday afternoon, May 20, Hudson High School Principal Peggy Shoemaker sent an email to parents telling them that more than 160 Hudson students are signed up via social media to begin playing the game on Wednesday, May 21.

“Please be aware that this game/activity is not sponsored or supported by the Hudson School District,” Shoemaker wrote. “Our primary reason for sending this email to you is the safety and well-being of our students, both in and out of school.”

She explained that the game consists of teams of four or five players eliminating players on other teams by shooting them with Nerf guns.

The game is conducted outside of the school day and off school grounds.

Shoemaker said police and schools in surrounding communities have reported “concerning behaviors” associated with the game, including inappropriate use of social media, reckless driving resulting in traffic violations, damage to property and trespassing.

She said the use of look-alike guns has alarmed community members.

Shoemaker noted that laws against throwing “missiles, circulars or pamphlets” at a vehicle carry a forfeiture of $187 in Hudson Municipal Court or a $263.50 fine in St. Croix County Circuit Court.

“Please take the time to speak with your son or daughter about this issue and make them aware of the potential consequences and harm that may be associated with this game,” Shoemaker advised.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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