‘Stormtrooper’ sparks evacuation of US high school on Star Wars Day
The incident happened at Ashwaubenon High School, Green Bay, Thursday morning when a parent, apparently oblivious to the ‘Star Wars’ fan day, raised the alarm after spotting someone enter the school wearing a mask and what they believed was a ballistic type vest. They were also carrying a backpack and bag.
They called 911, triggering an emergency response from Ashwaubenon Public Safety, according to a statement from the agency.
Students and staff were evacuated from the building while officers, assisted by Brown County Sheriff’s Office, investigated the “perceived threat.”
"It was found that a student wearing a ‘Star Wars’ costume came to school on May 4, which is known as Star Wars Day to those ‘Star Wars’ fans,” Ashwaubenon Public Safety said.
Ashwaubenon School District confirmed in a Facebook post that there was “no intent of a threat,” but added that “the student will be held accountable.”
Ashwaubenon Public Safety, meanwhile, said it’s not taking any action against the student, describing the incident as “merely a mistake or lapse in judgment.”
Both the School District and the Public Safety agency praised the person who brought the incident to their attention for following the motto: “If you see something, say something.”
Stormtroopers are the ground force of the Galactic Empire in George Lucas’s ‘Star Wars’ series. Since their first appearance in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ in 1977, they have become cultural icons and a favourite at costume parties.