On September 19th, a school staffer at Richlands Elementary School in North Carolina decided to have some fun and come to school dressed as a pirate. It was International Talk Like a Pirate Day, after all. But when the staffer arrived at the school, it became clear that others weren’t too fond of the joke.
Richlands Elementary was promptly locked down after an employee reported the pirate as a suspicious person at the school. Richlands Elementary and three other schools all went into lockdown, with no teachers or students allowed to leave the buildings.
After three hours, the lockdown was lifted as the “suspicious person” was identified as the pirate-loving staffer, reportedly equipped with a plastic sword. Oops.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department shows no regret for the apparent overreaction, and says the faux scare was handled in a “professional manner.”
"After a thorough review of this incident, it has been determined that school personnel working in conjunction with law enforcement agencies handled the situation in a very professional manner and followed all protocols to the letter," said Sheriff’s Officer spokesperson Jerry Morse.