The report noted, “Residents that are uninformed of the tradition are quick to believe that actual emergency situations are occurring and police resources are rapidly involved. Citizens have been led to believe that violent actions such as kidnappings and assaults are happening in the area where the young adults and juveniles are actually engaging in less serious behavior.”
Previous reports over the three-day period had involved a supposed indecent exposure Jan. 1, people running around the park naked shooting Nerf guns at each other Jan. 2, a large fight on South Locust Street Jan. 2 and a dispute in progress at the TRI Community Center Jan. 3 with cars blocking travel lanes.
The incident on Melissa Drive later Jan. 3 stemmed from two groups of young people in a dispute over “Nerf Wars.” One was from the Oxford/Talawanda area and other from Liberty/Union County, Indiana area. All those identified from that dispute were juveniles.
The five incidents resulting from distressed callers involved approximately four hours of police time, according to the report, which the officer requested be sent to School Resource Officer Rick Butler and to the administration of Union County High School.