Lynn, Massachusetts – 40-year-old George Cross recently purchased a Star Wars storm trooper costume. When it arrived in the mail he decided to put it on and walk around town to show his neighbors and friends. It was all fun and games until the real storm troopers showed up.
Unfortunately, Cross was walking near a school, and while he was not on school property, he was close enough to scare control freak parents and school administrators, who promptly called the police.
Cross was booked on charges of “loitering within 1,000 feet of a school,” and was taken to jail. He was released hours later.
“I bought a costume, I was walking through the neighborhood showing friends, and then all that,” Cross told reporters outside of the courthouse.
Police believed that Cross could have been a potential threat to the students at the school.
“We just can’t have things like that taking place in front of the school,” Lt. Rick Donnelly of the Lynn Police Department told WHDH.
Public schools seem to have a serious problem with people in costumes. Last year we reported that Four North Carolina schools were placed on lockdown by police after a “suspicious person” was seen entering Richlands Elementary School.
An initial investigation turned up empty handed, but two weeks later the police announced that they solved the mystery behind the suspicious person at the school.
The “suspicious person” that caused the lockdown was not actually an intruder, but was one of the school’s teachers, who had decided to celebrate “talk like a pirate day,” by dressing up for their students.
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