- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - Police say a Massachusetts middle-high school was locked down for more than an hour after two girls misidentified as a gunman a student holding a stapler.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1GNBhb0 ) the girls told a school resource officer at Southbridge Middle-High School they saw a student waving a gun at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Chief Shane Woodson says not only were the girls incorrect about the object, but they also misidentified the student in question. Yet despite the error, a stay-in-place order was issued by Southbridge’s principal as police investigated.

After determining there was no immediate threat, police found the right student and learned he had been holding a stapler.

Woodson said any youngster can mistake what a gun looks like. He says “things happen so fast.”


Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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