Police in Wausau, Wis., cited six students for disorderly conduct because they were having a Nerf gun battle.
Residents in Wausau allegedly called police after they spotted the students pointing a Nerf gun at a car Tuesday night. Even though the toy only shoots foam bullets, Wausau Police Capt. Ben Bliven told WAOW-TV that residents were frightened so police responded appropriately.
"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."
One parent, Scott Hansen, believes police went too far by citing the students.
"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."
"Well I thought it was a little bit overdone with the cops coming and the guns that they brought with them," said senior Brad Gajewski. "I don't think it was necessary. It's just kids having fun, they're not really breaking the law."
According to reports, their school may even put some of the boys on athletic probation over the incident.
Nerf gun wars appear to be a tradition at the high school.
"It tends to evolve at times, and I think that's what we're dealing with,” Jeff Lindell, the district's director of pupil services, told WAOW-TV. “We definitely had some concerns last year, but I think the game just keeps evolving."