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‘Star Wars’ stormtrooper costume prompts school evacuation

A Wisconsin high school was briefly evacuated Thursday after someone saw a teen dressed as a “Star Wars” stormtrooper for the unofficial Star Wars Day celebration entering the campus.
A Wisconsin high school was briefly evacuated Thursday after someone saw a teen dressed as a “Star Wars” stormtrooper for the unofficial Star Wars Day celebration entering the campus. Disney/Lucasfilm

Not everyone’s a “Star Wars” fan, apparently.

A teenager dressed as a stormtrooper Thursday for the unofficial Star Wars Day celebration prompted the evacuation of an Ashwaubenon, Wis., high school after a passerby reported a masked person entering the campus.

Fans of the movie series celebrate May 4 as “May the 4th Be With You” day, playing off the line, “may the Force be with you.”

The Ashwaubenon Department of Public Safety posted to its Facebook page that it received a report at 7:30 a.m. Thursday of someone wearing a plastic mask and possible ballistic vest carrying a backpack into the high school.

Police and sheriff’s deputies established a perimeter and evacuated the campus, then searched classrooms for intruders before discovering a student had come to school dressed as a “Star Wars” stormtrooper – although initial reports mistakenly reported a Darth Vader costume, instead.

The teen was taken for questioning while school resumed, reported the department. In the end, the agency released the youth and will not press any charges “as it has been determined this was merely a mistake or a lapse in judgment.”

School officials reported on their own Facebook page that the incident had been resolved and no threat was found. Principal Brian Nelson told Fox11 that costumes are not allowed at the school.

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