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Waconia schools calling on parents to stop kids from playing Nerf wars after recent crash

Waconia Superintendent Pat Devine says the game is very dangerous.

Waconia School District is calling on parents to try and stop their kids from playing Nerf wars, the nationally popular shooter game involving Nerf guns. 

The call to action came from Superintendent Pat Devine during Monday's board meeting, as they discussed a crash involving high school students that occurred either during or shortly after a Nerf war. 

The Star Tribune reports that the crash involved three juniors in one vehicle and three sophomores in another.

None of the students were seriously hurt, but it was a frightening reminder of the deadly crash that killed two Lakeville students while they were playing Nerf wars in 2015

"It's really a dangerous game, so I would have the conversation with your child and see if they happen to be partaking," Devine said during the board meeting. "They can really sell it as a pretty innocent game, but it's about chasing around in vehicles and shooting Nerf at each other, so it's really unsafe."

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"We don't want anything tragic to happen in our community, so we'd really like our parents to have heart-to-heart conversations with their kids and talk about keeping them safe," Devine added.

An account describing itself as the official Twitter for Waconia Nerf Wars sent out a message the night of the crash (May 11) saying all games were postponed until further notice.  

The next day, the account tweeted that all games would remain on hold until they could figure out if the crash was directly related to playing Nerf wars, before tweeting that all Waconia Nerf war games are over for 2018. 

But Devine stressed that he heard a group of kids at a restaurant on Monday saying the game was only on hold for one week. 

Waconia schools' reaction is similar to that of nearby Prior Lake High School, whose principal in March sent a letter calling on parents to help put an end to the game after a rash of reports of students driving recklessly, fighting in the school parking lots and making threats on social media. 

The game has also caused problems in Grand Rapids last year, with police saying students playing Nerf wars were causing complaints of stalking and dangerous driving

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