An American college was placed into lockdown on Wednesday following reports a man was carrying a rifle on campus.
Except, he wasn’t carrying a rifle at all. He was armed with a non-lethal toy lightsaber, reports the NY Daily News.
Officials at Farmingdale State College, Long Island, ordered a ‘shelter in place’ alert after a call was received by 911 at 9:40AM.
SUNY Farmingdale on LOCKDOWN. Stay safe, everybody.
— Long Island Problems (@LongIslandProbs) March 16, 2016
Suffolk police attended the scene but quickly deduced the campus was safe as the man in possession of the toy did not have a rifle, nor any apparent Jedi powers.
No one was arrested or hurt during the incident police said.
The police situation on campus has been resolved without incident. All students, faculty, and staff should resume normal activities.
— FarmingdaleState (@FarmingdaleSC) March 16, 2016
Students were quick to Twitter to express their bemusement.
That moment when Farmingdale state college is on lock down cuz they thought some guy had a rifle yet it was a starwars toy lightsaber.. ??
— sammie Graffeo (@GraffeoSam) March 16, 2016
Anyone else signing up for Jedi 101 at farmingdale college?
— DIELON (@dj_dielon) March 16, 2016
Well, despite the farce, it’s better safe than sorry, I guess.
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