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Darth Vader Costume On Star Wars Day Leads To Wisconsin High School Evacuation

Star Wars Day


Ashwaubenon High School in Wisconsin was evacuated Thursday, May 4, otherwise known as Star Wars Day, due to a student wearing a Darth Vader costume. A concerned parent thought the boy was wearing body armor and posed a threat, prompting the lockdown.

What Happened?

The incident took place Thursday morning at Ashwaubenon High School. The facility was put on lockdown and then evacuated following the report of the potential threat, according to local authorities.

Ashwaubenon is located in a suburb of Green Bay. Another school nearby was also put on lockdown, officials said.

“The student was wearing a Darth Vader outfit with a plastic mask and was carrying a bag with him, and that outfit looked like he might be wearing a bulletproof vest or a flak jacket,” an unidentified police officer told reporters at the scene. “That, with wearing that mask and walking into the back door of the school, made a person very concerned. And we expect that to happen. We sure hope that people would call when this stuff takes place.”

The officer added, “We believe it was an innocent mistake right now.”

May 4 is commonly known as Star Wars Day, thanks to the play-on-words of the famous phrase from the movies, May the Fourth be with you.

The school posted an update to their Facebook page explaining the incident.

Ashwaubenon High School

Ashwaubenon High School is a high school in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin, a suburb of Green Bay. The public secondary school was established in 1965 and serves grades 9-12. The school is known for its successful athletic programs.

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