A parent at the Ashwaubenon High School in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin alerted police early in the morning saying they saw a suspicious figure wearing all dark clothes and mask while carrying a large bag.
The person was worried that the figure was wearing a bulletproof vest or flak jacket. School officials and police immediately asked students and teachers to gather at designated rally points instead of remaining or entering the building for fear of another school shooting incident.
Local schools were also put on lockdown.
It turns out the figure was just a student wearing a plastic Darth Vader costume in honour of Star Wars Day.
The date 4 May is styled as “May the Fourth Be With You” after the famous line in the movie series, “may the force be with you.”
The school district posted on Facebook that the “student will be held accountable” since costumes are not allowed at the school, however local police will not pursue any punishment.
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