Darth Vader Costume Leads to School Evacuation on ‘Star Wars’ Day

A concerned parent called police after seeing someone walk into the school wearing a black outfit and a mask

A student donning a Darth Vader costume for “Star Wars” Day caused an evacuation at a Wisconsin school on Thursday.

According to Fox6Now, officials said a concerned parent called police after seeing someone walking into the school wearing dark clothing and a mask.

Ashwaubenon Public Safety responded to the scene and evacuated the school. Parkview Middle School and the Community Center, where some students were taking an AP test, were put on lockdown.

When Public Safety did a sweep of the school, no threat was found.

“There was no legitimate threat at AHS today,” the Ashwaubenon School District wrote in a Facebook post. “It was a misunderstanding where a student wore a Star Wars costume for May the Fourth Be With You day. There was no intent of a threat, but the student will be held accountable.”


May 4 marks “May the Fourth Be With You,” the official holiday dedicated to “Star Wars” fans and the galaxy far, far away. According to ABC News, The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in 2012 and has officially observed the holiday since 2013.

The next film in the “Star Wars” franchise, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” hits theaters December 15.