Bridgewater State University student, Christopher Tutkus was arrested on Friday, November 15, after entering the Maxwell Library and causing a disturbance.
According to the Brockton Enterprise, more than one person dialed 911 when they saw Tutkus go into the library with what appeared to be a rifle.
Police began a search of the library. In an effort to locate the suspect, the fire alarm was pulled and the library was evacuated. Officials arrested Tutkus when he left the building.
“Upon arrest it was learned that the gun was a Nerf gun wrapped in a dark cloth,” said Bridgewater State Police Chief David Tillinghast.
According to Tillinghast, Tutkus was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and possession of a knife.
Tutkus was found to be in possession of a folding knife about seven inches long. He also told officials he was carrying the Nerf gun because he was a participant in a campus wide Humans vs. Zombies game.
Tutkus was released in court on $2,500 bail, according to Tillinghast. He was also ordered to stay away from the campus for the weekend.
Tutkus declined to comment for this story.
According to humansvszombies.org, the game involves moderated tag, and it is played on campuses, military bases, at camps, and neighborhoods around the globe.
“Humans vs. Zombies has been on this campus for seven years and we have always assisted the campus whenever there has been an issue,” said Tom Springford, one of the moderators for Humans vs. Zombies at Bridgewater State. “The game is played on campuses worldwide. We have been nothing but cooperative with police.”
Bridgewater State student, James Lind, told the Brockton Enterprise that Nerf guns are used by most players of the game. However, the toy guns must be referred to as “blasters” and cannot be modified.
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