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Democrat and Chronicle

A two-hour lockdown at Alfred University was lifted Tuesday after police realized the potential gunman was actually a student carrying a toy NERF gun.

The student was playing a tag-like game called “Zombies vs. Humans,” said school spokeswoman Sue Goetschius. NERF guns, used in the game to tag opponents, launch darts or balls made of foam. The campus — about 80 miles south of Rochester in Allegany County — went on lockdown when a university staff member reported a suspicious person to the campus’ Department of Safety and Security between 3 and 3:30 Tuesday afternoon, Goetschius said. The suspect was described as a white male possibly carrying a gun. He was reportedly wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and carrying a backpack.

The student in question, who wasn’t named, was in class when the lockdown began. When he realized he might have been mistaken for a real gunman, he explained himself to police, Goetschius said. No charges were filed. Alfred police, State Police and Allegany County sheriff’s deputies all responded to the scene, Goetschius said. The initial alert on the university’s Web site advised students, faculty and staff to stay where they were. An update at 5:43 p.m. said the campus was secure, and an update at 6 p.m. said evening classes would go on as scheduled. The university plans to place a moratorium on “Zombie vs. Humans,” said Goetschius, who was unsure how many students were involved in the game.

More studying and less Tom Foolery would cure this. Now get the hell off my lawn.




  1. moss says:

    The Fearmongers in charge of America have done a more thorough job than the “duck and cover” crowd at the beginning of the Cold War ever could have imagined.

    When you have a nation of wusses too timorous to oppose “official” crimes, who would expect anything other than a moratorium on Nerf games?

  2. JimD says:

    Come on !!! Didn’t they at least TASE the perp ???

  3. bobbo says:

    Article after article about ZERO TOLERANCE all through secondary school system and then these terrorists-in-training are allowed to run wild once in college? Doesn’t make any sense to me. Cops should have beat him with nerf billy-clubs.

  4. Sinn Fein says:

    Everyone can thank all of the REAL homicidal maniacs that have caused this better-safe-than-sorry security paranoia on college campuses…and quit friggin’ blaming law enforcement. Who, by the way, are charged with saving your punk asses from crazed killers…as well as would be NERF assassins. 🙂

    I love to read the current state of the bullshit liberal mentality, always bitching one way because not enough is being done to solve a problem and then bitching louder and longer when somebody DOES try to address a problem….while doing NOTHING themselves. The modus operandi of a Loser’s Win-Win for their terribly self-important selves.

    And, if you precocious youngsters want to trample my lawn, you’re more than welcome to it…just don’t tromp too hard as there are land mines scattered about…to ward off moles, voles and other undesirable varmints.

  5. Bill says:

    This story could have easily read:One students said “I saw him with a gun but just thought it was a Nerf gun. There was a game going on and I thought he was part of it. I never thought he would shoot those 7 people!”

  6. Olo Baggins of Bywater says:

    Will the insanity never end?

  7. Smartalix says:

    THey should at least train teachers in weapon recognition. I can’t picture that “gun” being mistaken for a real weapon from any angle, even if partially concealed.

  8. Mr. Catshit says:

    #5,

    quit friggin’ blaming law enforcement. Who, by the way, are charged with saving your punk asses from crazed killers

    You wing nuts are always telling us how they are there to stop them crazed killers but then turn around and tell us how you need your own little Colt 88mm for self defense because the police don’t stop the crazed killers.

  9. pat says:

    The funniest part. “The university plans to place a moratorium on “Zombie vs. Humans”

  10. Calin says:

    #9 You wing nuts are always telling us how they are there to stop them crazed killers but then turn around and tell us how you need your own little Colt 88mm for self defense because the police don’t stop the crazed killers.

    No, police will stop the crazed killer…if they are there. We want the gun for when they aren’t.

  11. the answer says:

    So who won the zombies or the humans?

  12. Jim W. says:

    first thought on reading the headline and first blockquote

    Alfred E. Newman has a University named after him!?

  13. Calin says:

    A nerf university deserves a nerf gun?

  14. Phillep says:

    Truly weird. This has to have been a prank call with the nerf gun as an excuse, like a fake bomb threat or pulling the fire alarm. The nerf gun keeps the prankster from getting in trouble for a false alarm.

    Catshit, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

  15. OhForTheLoveOf says:

    #15 – Catshit, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.”

    Dude… Cat is right in what he said. The pro-gun lobby often sends a mixed message.

    But that quote above is very funny and I plan to use it.

  16. YankeeSR23 says:

    Just so you guys know…that pic isn’t a real Nerf gun.

    It’s a transformer. Megatron from the Transformers Classic toyline. It’s easy to tell cause of the Decepticon logo on it.

    But yeah it looks like a Nerf gun.

  17. Wow says:

    Wow u guys! This was toatally blown out of preportion (pardon my spelling) this kid is amazing and it was just a game. people now adays have no idea about what it’s like to be a kid and have fun. If this happened maybe 15-20 years back, this wouldn’t have been such a big deal! Just wow. Epic fail.


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