A controversial “Shoot the President” Nerf gun birthday party is no longer offered at the Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School in Ohio.
WHAT WERE THEY THINKING?
The Berea, Ohio community center had advertised the party on their website (see below) but have since removed the party description. Director Adam Sheldon has deleted all Nerf gun parties at the center and issued a specific apology for offering the “Shoot the President” Nerf gun party.
Incoming Director Adam Shelton had this to say about the controversial party that has since been deleted along with all Nerf gun parties at the center:
“I was certainly shocked to learn this existed. It’s certainly not something that is in our institutional values at Baldwin Wallace.”
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT ON THE “SHOOT THE PRESIDENT” BIRTHDAY PARTIES:
A performing arts center in Bera, Ohio has a fun new birthday game for kids, it’s called “Shoot the President!”
The birthday party, advertised on the Olmstead Performing Arts community center’s website, says it’s a game that’s played with Nerf guns and is part of a birthday package for children.
Cleveland’s Fox 8 covered the story, saying it’s “raising more than a few eyebrows in Northeast Ohio.”
The Olmstead Performing Arts community center website’s description of the party reads:
“There is one president with bodyguards. Everyone else tries to eliminate or shoot the president.”
“I think it’s unfortunate that they chose that kind of theme only because of the atmosphere we are living in now,” said Julie Berghaus, of Cleveland.
“I wouldn’t say it was anything political or a statement about politics. I think the game was made up just for kid fun,” said Samuel Fravel, a former OPA student.
“For kids, it’s just fun, but they don’t realize what they are being taught subconsciously,” added Berghaus.
Adam Sheldon, director of the Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School told Fox 8 that he would eliminate games with Nerf guns.
“I was certainly shocked to learn this existed. It’s certainly not something that is in our institutional values at Baldwin Wallace,” Sheldon said.
“We apologize for the description on the website that is currently undergoing renovation. It’s not something that will be present for sure,” said Sheldon.
What do you think? Was this birthday package for kids an accident? Shouldn’t the person who created this package be interviewed? We’d love to hear what you think in the comment section below.