Yesterday afternoon the Lynn Massachusetts Police Department started to receive a number of calls reporting a man in Star Wars costume holding a toy (?) gun outside the Brickett Elementary School right about the time school was scheduled to let out. You can imagine what happened next, although you could skip all that imagination time and just click the jump to find out what really happened.
It all started when 40-year-old Star Wars fan George Cross bought a new costume and decided to show it off.
I bought a costume, I was walking through the neighborhood showing friends, and then all that.
To Cross, he was just having some fun in his new costume and thought he’d give the local kids a nice surprise when they got out of school. The problem was that no one in charge at the school had any idea he was going to do this or even who the heck he was.
That lead the school’s principal to delay dismissal while police officers checked out the situation. The cops, after receiving calls, arrived and arrested Cross on a couple of misdemeanor charges of disrupting a school assembly and loitering within 1000 feet of a school zone.
Of course the parents there to pick up their kids freaked out, there was a strange man there holding what could be a gun. Lt. Brown of the Lynn Massachusetts Police Department said that Cross was very cooperative and apologetic during his arrest. Regarding Cross’s thoughts on showing off his costume to the kids at the school:
It was a bad decision.
In this day and age of school shootings, parents , school officials, and police have a very low tolerance for this kind of thing. Here’s the 7 News Boston report, which in my opinion tries to poke too much fun at a fairly harmless guy trying to share his Star Wars passions with others.
I feel for the guy, he thought he was going to have some fun, but he didn’t think it through. He should have known better than to show up unannounced at the school, even if it was only a toy gun. The Police can’t take chances in those situations. I’m glad no one was hurt, and although I think he should have been let go with a warning, once an arrest is made things kind of take on a life of their own and have to play out in court.
What do you think?