The following email was sent to me as part of our school district’s notifier system. I have blocked out identifying town and street names.
A message from CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
No safety threat was found this morning as police investigated a report of a man carrying a long rifle in the vicinity of and Streets. Police have concluded that the reported sighting was of a Civil War re-enactor who is taking part in an annual event at Middle School and there was no threat to the safety of students or staff. District administrators issued the lockout immediately after being contacted by police. The lockout lasted from 9:20 a.m. until approximately 9:40 a.m There was no disruption to the regular school day.
Honest to all the gods? Someone called the police because someone was walking with a single shot, black powder, iron-barreled, complete-with-ramrod, flint-lock or caplock rifle? On the first day of Heritage Days, which has been being talked up for TWO MONTHS, including the re-enactments?
They didn’t know what they were looking at. They saw a long gun, and panicked. To me, it is sort of like WWII islanders…they LEARNED to tell the difference between allied planes and axis planes, and usually could tell you from the shape exactly what kind of plane they were looking at. My point?
PEOPLE NEED TO GET EDUCATED!