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Friday, April 12 2013, 06:16 PM EDT
School System Sends Letter Home Warning of Nerf Wars
WEST CHESTER -- It's just a game, but local school administrators say it could put teens in a dangerous or embarrassing situation. The principals at both Lakota West and East sent home a warning to parents about students playing "Nerf Wars."

Every year around this time of year, Lakota's high school students arm themselves with Nerf guns, and go around shooting each other for fun. The rules of the game are on Facebook. Students pay $5 to enter the game, and if they get hit with a Nerf dart they are out.

But here's where it gets a bit sticky, if you play in the buff it makes you invincible.

"It makes a fun twist to it, it kind of makes it a little bit dangerous, a little bit more appealing to the kids," Noah Fisher, a former organizer of Lakota's Nerf games.

But school officials say the game could be putting students in danger.

''Running around in parking lots in front of cars that are moving with drivers that may not be paying a lot of attention, kids chasing each other in cars, that's how kids get hurt.''

That's part of an email sent home by principals of both high schools to parents. The principals said students were involved in a minor traffic accident several years ago where some of the students were naked and cited.

"We've heard about kids getting undressed for this. That's something a parent ought to talk to their kid about."

Noah Fisher contends there are rules in place to keep Nerf Wars safe, ''You have to be stopped. The car can't be moving to make a kill, and usually you can't shoot into a moving vehicle.''

But school officials say that not everyone plays by the rules and school officials just want this year's games to be safe.

"That's why we sent it. So parents can talk to their kids about that. Let's keep these kids from getting hurt before something happens.''School System Sends Letter Home Warning of Nerf Wars

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