- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Wisconsin teenager’s decision to dress as a stormtrooper for “Star Wars Day” scared a parent and prompted a school evacuation on Thursday.

May 4 is “Star Wars Day” for science-fiction fans around the world who like to use the phrase “may the force by with you” as a play on words with “the fourth be with you.” One parent outside Ashwaubenon High School, a suburb of Green Bay, did not get the joke and interpreted the “Empire” costume as a sign of a real security threat.

“This morning (5/4) we had a possible threat at Ashwaubenon High School,” the school wrote on its Facebook page Thursday morning. “Ashwaubenon Public Safety was called and we evacuated the High School. Parkview Middle School and the Community Center, where some students were taking an AP test, were put into lockdown. Public Safety did a sweep through the High School. The situation has been resolved — there was no threat.”

A police spokesman told a local Fox affiliate after the incident that the student was “wearing a Darth Vader outfit with a plastic mask and was carrying a bag with him. That outfit actually looked like he might be wearing a bulletproof vest or a flak jacket.”

The officer said it was a “good learning lesson” for the student involved.

“We can’t take anything lightly,” the officer added. “So when you see something like this — an unknown person walking into a school with a mask on — we have to react to that.”

The station later clarified that a stormtrooper costume was at play instead of Darth Vader.

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