MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Ramsey County attorney has a stern warning to high school students against a game that is known to take lives.
“Nerf Wars” involve shooting opponents with foam bullets for prize money. In December of 2015, two Lakeville High School Students — Johnny Price and Jake Flynn — lost their lives in a crash while playing the game.READ MORE: 3 Years After Fire, Construction Begins On Lake Bde Maka Ska Pavilion
Last summer, two teenagers were injured after a crash police say was caused by Nerf Wars. According to investigators, the 17-year-old driver drove through a stop sign at close to 40 miles per hour before crashing.READ MORE: 65 Minneapolis City Employees Speak Out On ‘Toxic And Racist’ Culture In City Coordinator’s Office
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi sent a letter to superintendents and principals saying in part:
“The tragedy in Lakeville taught us that what starts as a game can turn deadly in seconds. I am concerned that if we, as adults, don’t intervene and educate our students, we could face more tragedies, similar to what happened in Lakeville.”MORE NEWS: What A North Minneapolis Elementary School Is Doing To Help Traumatized Students
In the Lakeville case, no criminal charges were filed in connection to the crash. In Prior Lake, a 17-year-old driver was charged with criminal vehicular operation.