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Ridgewood High School Principal urges students to not participate in “dart wars”

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February 26, 2018

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s) and Students,

At Ridgewood High School, we believe that students should create bonds through their teams and clubs. We host many events to create opportunities for students to come together throughout the school year and all of these events are monitored by school professionals in a safe environment.

However, students sometimes take it upon themselves to create their own opportunities, such as dart wars, scavenger hunts, or other similar activities. Ridgewood High School does not condone these unsanctioned events.

Because of the heightened awareness of shootings, we strongly urge students to not participate in “dart wars.” Although students use nerf guns during these games, the strategies employed by students to target other teams may be misinterpreted in today’s climate. The Ridgewood Police Department has been informed of the school’s concerns.

To ensure the safety and well-being of all students, legitimate team and club events will always be approved and monitored by a coach, advisor, or administrator. Parents should counsel their children that students should not participate in unsanctioned activities where there is no apparent supervision.

Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.


Thomas A. Gorman, Ed.D. Principal

4 thoughts on “Ridgewood High School Principal urges students to not participate in “dart wars”

  1. NO shooting rubber bands either. It might be misinterpreted in today’s environment.
    Come to think of it lacrosse needs to rethink the position of attackers. Much too hostile of a name.
    Could be misinterpreted in today’s environment.

  2. Yes your right Ridgewood Taxpayers. I hear that the BOED is considering a new course, its called “Combat Potholder Making”

  3. All sports that include 2 teams should be banned as at some point during the game one attacks the other and this encourages aggression. I propose that these sports be replaced with school walkouts where students led by Mr. Fishbein talk about global issues and how to end world problems. Master Fishbein in an email to parents yesterday concluded by ensuring parents “Yes, our schools are safe”.

  4. Well like the governor said in California if the pool was just introduced it should be banned, just flag football no tackle

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