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URI students return to class, zombie game suspended

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

University of Rhode Island students returned back to class today after a campus-wide lock down yesterday.

Things appeared back to normal at the state's largest University as faculty and students arrived for morning classes as scheduled after a gun scare shook up the campus.

"I feel safe. It's a great campus. They responded quickly," said Titus Her, a senior who was returning to class this morning.

Rhode Island State Police say there was never a person with a gun on the campus and the only evidence of any gun was a toy nerf gun found in a backpack. The toy may be connected to a part of a popular campus game; Humans vs. Zombies.

It remains unclear if the nerf-gun was actually related to the scare but some students have their doubts. "Personally I don't think it was the game, because nerf guns are usually red or orange colored," said Molly Hodshon a URI junior.

The president of the humans versus zombies club Ryan Cabral said the game has been temporarily suspended but expects it to return before the semester ends.

Students said the game is just like an intense game of tag where some players are humans and others are zombies. "I think it could be misinterpreted a lot of times. I know that they don't do it to cause a problem, they're doing it just to have fun," said Danielle Proulx, a URI Junior, "I don't know if it should be banned, but it should be definitely re-evaluated and some new rules have to be set."

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