A spring tradition is under way as Lakota high school students, some clothed and some not, do battle in Nerf Wars on their neighborhood streets.
The annual event involves students pairing up in groups and chasing each other with Nerf guns. If shot, the student and his group is in jeopardy of being eliminated and therefore ineligible to win the cash prize or pot collected from the entrants.
Lakota is not the only district that participates in Nerf Wars. Tracey Carson, public information officer of the Mason School District, said Nerf Wars have taken place in that school district for about 10 years.
At first glance, the game appears to be harmless, but Lakota administrators sent out an email to parents of both East and West high schools this week stressing that their child’s safety could be at risk.
According to the email, which was written together by Lakota West principal Elgin Card and Lakota East principal Suzanna Davis, students have been known to shoot each other from vehicles and participate in car chases during Nerf Wars.
Davis, who has been a Lakota administrator for eight years, said Nerf Wars has been around since she started working in the district. Both principals stressed that “Nerf Wars is not a school-sanctioned or organized event.”
“Any time your attention is not on the road, there is a possibility that something could happen.” Card said. “We don’t want any of our young people injured and we don’t want them injuring anybody else.”