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Six Wisconsin students cited for Nerf gun 'wars'

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Associated Press

WAUSAU, Wis. -- Police have issued disorderly conduct citations to six high school seniors in Wausau for a toy Nerf gun battle.

Some residents of Wausau called police when they saw the young people pointing a gun at a car Tuesday night. But, it was only a toy Nerf gun that shoots foam bullets. Police Capt. Ben Bliven tells WAOW-TV a number of people were frightened by the plastic Nerf guns, so officers had to respond appropriately.

One parent who saw the Nerf gun battle, Scott Hansen, says police went too far in issuing disorderly conduct citations. Wausau West High School officials have also placed some students on athletic probation. School spokesman Jeff Lindell says the Nerf gun game comes up from time to time and keeps evolving.

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