- The Washington Times - Friday, June 5, 2015

A Massachusetts man was charged Wednesday after he was spotted outside an elementary school wearing a white, plastic “Star Wars” stormtrooper costume and carrying a fake gun.

Brickett Elementary School, in Lynn, was briefly placed on lockdown after the principal called 911 to report a man with a gun outside the school. Police said the principal believed the gun to be plastic but decided to make the call just to be safe, the Salem News reported.

George Cross, 40, of Lynn, was arrested on charges of disturbing a school and loitering within 1,000 feet of a school, the paper said.

“Our feelings are that he was not there to cause harm to the kids, but he used bad judgment,” said Lynn Police spokesman Lt. Rick Donnelly. “He did cause a disturbance, and we can’t tolerate that.”

The children were kept inside until Mr. Cross was arrested.

“The principal did delay the dismissal of the school because of this entire incident,” Lt. Donnelly said. “The kids can’t get out; the parents can’t get in.”

Mr. Cross was arraigned Thursday and released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty. He’s due back in court July 13, the Salem News reported.

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