Student in Star Wars costume prompts evacuation at Ashwaubenon High School

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - A student wearing a Star Wars mask and costume prompted an evacuation at Ashwaubenon High School Thursday morning.

Students return to Ashwaubenon High School after Star Wars costume prompts evacuation.

The student was wearing a costume for May the Fourth be with you, which is also known as Star Wars Day.

Police did a sweep of the building and found no active threat.

"There was no actual threat at the high school," says a tweet from Ashwaubenon Public Safety. "A student came to school wearing a Star Wars costume with a mask."

Ashwaubenon Public Safety says a parent saw the costumed student and perceived it to be someone wearing a "ballistic-type vest", carrying a backpack and bag into the school. The parent called police.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety praised the person who called them.

"So when you see something like this, an unknown person walking into a school with a mask on, we have to react to that. We'd be foolish not to," said Capt. Jody Crocker, Ashwaubenon Public Safety.

The School District says they have a no-costume policy and they'll be emphasizing that to students.

"We'll be meeting with the students to re-emphasize that we have to keep each other safe and we can't make poor choices like this," said Brian Nelsen, Principal, Ashwaubenon High School.


In addition to the evacuation of the high school, Parkview Middle School and the Community Center, where some students were taking an AP test, were placed on lock down.

"Ashwaubenon Public Safety is not seeking any recourse toward the student as it has been determined that this was merely a mistake or lapse in judgment," reads a statement from police.

The Ashwaubenon School District released this statement:

"This morning (5/4) we had a possible threat at Ashwaubenon High School.

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.

High School students are returning tho the High School, and Parkview and the Community Center are no longer in lockdown.

Thanks for your understanding as we maintaining our number one priority of keeping students safe."


Police response at Ashwaubenon High School. May 4, 2017.


 
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