If you were a rambunctious little boy as I once was, you probably have fond memories of firing foam projectiles at your best friends with a sleek Nerf Bow and Arrow or Blast-A-Ball. Everyone needs a little combat in their lives, and I’ll confess, I still own some Nerf weaponry (granted, it’s a far cry from the arsenal I use to have at the age of eight, and the guns just don’t fire the way they use to). Still, there’s nothing quite like the smell of foam in the morning.
The kids at Bowling Green State University however aren’t so lucky. In 2006 two students were arrested and others cited for â€œdisorderly conductâ€ while taking part in a week long, glorified game of Nerf tag called Humans v. Zombies. Students carrying Nerf guns on campus found themselves being targeted.
â€œThe police began issuing citations after receiving several phone calls from people concerned that weapons were being carried on campusâ€¦â€ and the University Chief of Police was quoted as saying that they â€œdo not allow weapons or facsimiles of weapons on campus.â€ BG News
Are you kidding me? Since when is an oblong, bright orange and purple foam shooter similar to any type of death dealing mechanism? This is just ridiculous.
Two years later Bowling Green students are trying their luck again with another round of Humans v. Zombies but their fortune appears to be much of the same.
â€œThe University might hamper the second round of BG Undead’s game play after the announcement was made last week to place an immediate ban on the use of Nerf guns on campus.â€ BG News
Nevertheless, students will still be participating, using rolled up socks instead of Nerf guns. They better be careful though. The way these college cops behave, a rolled up sock could be considered a facsimile of a grenade.