A Colorado high school student is facing a disciplinary hearing after a SWAT team swarmed her school… and it was all a reaction to her Halloween costume.
Last Wednesday, the Pueblo County High School went on lock down when the unnamed female student was seen in the hallway wearing a gas mask and trench coat.
The Pueblo Chieftain reports that the girl was taken to the office and interrogated by the police, without her parents present.
The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team had been training near the school, for unknown reasons.
The SWAT team swarmed the school in full camouflage gear, surrounding the building with large armored vehicle. They found nothing.
Local KKTV said that the girl quickly told the police that it was just her Halloween costume, and other students were wearing them too.
She was not carrying any weapons and never made any threats whatsoever.
“Incidents like this cannot be overlooked and must be taken serious,” Pueblo County superintendent Ed Smith said. “Our concern is always for the students.”
The student has been suspended and faces a disciplinary hearing which could see her expelled.
“In these times, these kinds of things just aren’t funny, but I would like to say that our students reacted very well to this because they are the ones that originally reported it,” he said KRDO.
But the student was not charged with a crime, The Gazette noted, explaining that she did not actually do anything against the law, or even against school policies.
“Hey, here’s a good prank to pull on the student … you’re suspended for a week and we want to talk to your parents … Happy Halloween,” online webuser Watchingdognlamar posted to on the Chieftain’s site. “Not a little slap on the wrist.”
“It’s official: Common sense is dead – paranoia lives!” another poster, btyniq said.
“I hope you are saying the student was lacking common sense when she chose to dress like this while attending school,” average_guy added to the thread.
What do you think about the police response?
(Article by Jackson Marciana and M. David)