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GRAHAM, Wash. — It’s hunting season, but a group of parents in Pierce County are outraged that the fear of stray arrows has kept their kids inside for days.

The decision at Kapowsin Elementary has left parents angry and kids confused.

It wasn’t just the rain keeping kids indoors — hunters searching for game near the school caused recess to be canceled.

Parents who talked to Q13 Fox News had no idea what was happening until we told them.

“I didn’t know, this is ridiculous,” said parent Janine Kramer.

“I didn’t know what to think,” said Rachel Wang. “I would hope that we would be told about something like that.”

Parent after parent had no idea that a property near the grade school had been approved by the landowner to be used for bow hunting.

“Go somewhere else,” suggested Wang. People “shouldn’t be hunting around kids or where the population is.”

After neighbors learned there would be hunting on a nearby property, administrators decided kids needed to stay inside – fearing a hunter’s stray arrow could hurt someone.

But  Kramer said the district never warned her, and she only learned about the hunting concern Thursday.

“I’m dropping my kid off at school every day thinking he’s going to be safe, and, yes, he was safe inside,” she said, “But that’s the thing, he was inside. He didn’t get to release his extra energy.”

Parents also shared frustration at the hunters, wondering why they would choose a location so close to little kids.

“That’s kind of scary that they’re gonna close recess because of hunting,” said Kramer.

The hunters have ended their search for game, according to adjacent property owner.

A district spokeswoman said the kids will play outside during recess Friday.

Parents want the school district to tell them first if something like this happens again.

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7 comments

  • Kenneth Briggs

    dumb ass city and county heads for letting people hunt so close to schools, the ones that let this happen should br sued . it does not matter it school is on or off , no hunting near any school .

  • Thedeanofmen

    Dumb asses that know nothing about the dynamics of an arrow or how it flies. When hunting with a bow & arrow you are normally up a tree and shooting down so an errant arrow would go into the ground. At $15 – $20 per shot for an arrow very seldom does one go of its mark. I’m wondering just how many arrows they found on the play yard each day to warrant this extreme measure. Oh yeah key words “private property” don’t like what the owner is doing with it? Buy it and do something different.

  • Craig Ferguson

    Let me correct Fox News bold-face lie of a headline, “Recess cancelled, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS force elementary school insides.” Hunters forced non one inside, and had no part of recess being cancelled. Q13 should be ashamed of themselves for partaking in Marxist anti-hunting propaganda.

  • bevis

    you guys are pathetic the reason they hunt in urban areas is to keep the animal population down in and around town it is necessary and im sure your kids were fine staying inside for recess that day and of course a ton of you liberal idiots wont understand any of this in your tinsel covered world why would any one hurt an animal……uh…..because they taste really really really good do i come yell at you when your in your garden killing plants NO i don’t i leave you alone to do what ever you want with your food……hunting is a part of human existence to be against it is to be against nature