Costume That Included Toy Gun Prompts School Lockdown

WENATCHEE, Wash. (November 1, 2013) A woman's Halloween costume that included a realistic-looking toy AR-15 rifle prompted a school lockdown in Wenatchee, Wash., and sent police and deputies rushing to the campus.

A passerby reported seeing someone walking near Lewis and Clark Elementary with what appeared to be an assault rifle.

The school was put on lockdown for about a half-hour Thursday afternoon while the report was checked out.

Dispatchers later received another call from someone who said a friend had just walked home wearing a costume that included a replica rifle.

The Wenatchee World reports the woman wearing the costume was in her 20s.

Sgt. Jim West says officers contacted her and told her, "carrying a 'weapon' like that was probably not the wisest of ideas."

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