Police Respond With Guns Drawn Over Neighborhood Nerf Gun Battles


Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

Neighborhood children are shocked at the local Wausau Police department who came with guns drawn over what is being titled “Nerf Wars” Tuesday night.

Hansen’s son was one of them. He believes local police took it too far.

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.

It traumatized my kid,” said Scott Hansen of Wausau. “He didn’t sleep last night, he didn’t sleep well at all.

Nerf Wars is a Wausau neighborhood tradition where teams do battle with Nerf guns and other Nerf equipment. It started a few years ago at the local high school.

Wausau police say a neighbor near Stevens Street reported someone allegedly pointing a gun at a vehicle on Tuesday night. Turns out, they were Wausau West students holding Nerf guns, WAOW TV Reports.



They did scare a number of people in the area,” said Captain Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Dept.

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.”

Parents received a letter about it last week, warning them any complaints will “be investigated and handled accordingly.”

It tends to evolve at times, and I think that’s what we’re dealing with,” said Jeff Lindell, the district’s director of pupil services. “We definitely had some concerns last year, but I think the game just keeps evolving.


Six students, all seniors, received disorderly conduct citations while doing battle near Steven’s Street in Wausau, Wisconsin.

According to the school district, none of the students involved will be suspended. The school has also placed some students on athletic probation. This isn’t the first time the Wausau school district has dealt with this game.

Will this same brand of justice be dealt out during the summer water balloon and squirt gun games?