A School Was Evacuated Today Because of Darth Vader. Happy Star Wars Day!

Separation of church and state, Darth.

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Listen, I know the rebels at the end of Rogue One were trying their best, but some high school kids just put them to shame. When Darth Vader showed up at Ashwaubenon High School in Wisconsin, their evacuation turned out a lot better than that hallway scene—though the absence of Force powers may have worked in their favor.

They’re also pretty lucky that the Darth Vader wasn’t there for any insidious purposes, and was just an overzealous Star Wars fan enjoying today’s “Star Wars Day” in a rather ill-advised way. When you show up at a school in an all-black outfit with a mask—as comical as you might be inclined to find a high school Darth Vader—people get understandably nervous. The school was put on lockdown and then evacuated, and authorities were called to the scene.

An officer later explained, “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. 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. We believe it was an innocent mistake right now.”

We’re glad that no one was hurt, both for the students and teachers who were evacuated and the student wearing the Darth Vader outfit. We’re also glad that there was apparently no malicious intent, so we don’t feel so bad about being amused at the mental image of a school full of people fleeing a Darth Vader cosplayer. Truly, the student has become the master. Happy Star Wars Day!

(via Uproxx, image: Lucasfilm)

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