Halloween costume in Colorado school sparks SWAT team visit

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Halloween season is upon us and given the state of fear from the latest school shooting in Oregon, coupled with the hypersensitive nature of many school administrations(pop tart gun), it’s bound to be an eventful season of newsworthy fright.

Take the latest incident about a female student from Pueblo County High School, who awaits a disciplinary hearing and could face possible expulsion after the costume she wore Wednesday prompted a lockdown. The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, which was training near the school, also responded in full camouflage gear and a large armored vehicle to sweep the building for anything dangerous or suspicious. No I’m not kidding.

The unnamed female was reported by a classmate after seen walking down the hallway in a gas mask and trench coat.

2052691357_Meanteacher_answer_3_xlarge“Incidents like this cannot be overlooked and must be taken serious,” Pueblo County superintendent Ed Smith told the Chieftain. “Our concern is always for the students.”

“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 told KRDO.

The student was not charged with a crime, The Gazette reports.

EAG News reports:

The situation sparked mixed reactions online.

“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,” Watchingdognlamar posted to the Chieftain. “Not a little slap on the wrist.”

“It’s official: Common sense is dead – paranoia lives!” commenter btyniq wrote.

“I hope you are saying the student was lacking common sense when she chose to dress like this while attending school,” average_guy responded.

Some commenters think the young girl should pay for the police response.

“I believe anything that causes unnecessary money to be spent in situations like this falls into the vandalism category, and should be repaid,” artie2 posted. “How much did this event cost …, time spent on the problem …, wasted time spent in classrooms babysitting, since nothing else was happening?

“When the cost is figured, then a punishment can be levied.”

“Really, her parents let her go to school like this, she and her parents need their butts kicked,” DI Nada Ward posted to KOAA. “They just cost the taxpayers a lot of money by having the SO and swat to have to come to the school. Not to mention time wasted by teachers having to make sure all others were safe. She should not be allowed back in any school!”

So is common sense dead or is airing on the side of caution divine? One thing for sure, unless her last name is Mohammed or some other Muslim name, unnamed apocalypse girl won’t be invited to the White House any time soon.

By-Erik Barath