Administrator condemns use of Nerf guns in campus-wide Humans v. Zombies

  • Students complained that the colorful Nerf guns could be confused as real weapons.

A Humans versus Zombies live action game at Missouri State University (MSU) came under criticism from the school's public safety officer, after some students complained the toy Nerf guns used at the event pose a safety hazard due to their resemblance to real weapons.

According to a report from KSMU a local public radio affiliate, approximately five hundred students participated in the once-a-semester, on-campus event, held recently by the Live Action Society.

Don Clark, the MSU director of public safety, told KSMU the game is “disruptive” and can cause safety problems.

Clark claims students phoned into his office about the threat of a gunman on campus while the event took place.

“We cannot tell people that ‘if you see someone with a gun, it might be a Nerf gun, so just disregard it. It is probably just a game.’ Because then in fact if it was a real gun, we have missed the opportunity to respond and prevent something significant from occurring,” he added.

Humans v. Zombies organizers have pointed to the fact that campus security is given a heads up that the event is occurring on campus and that the nerf guns used are inspected prior to the event to ensure they do not resemble real weapons.

The MSU student government association recently polled students via Facebook on their thoughts about the use of nerf guns at the event, and reported that an overwhelmingly majority felt they did not pose a safety risk.

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