Southbridge Middle/High School in the Boston area was locked down for more than an hour on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 4th, after students reported seeing a weapon. The building was put into “shelter-in place” lockdown while armed police searched the premises. No weapon was found. Sources say that a student was “waving a stapler,” and other students mistook it for a gun.
Police stated that all students and staff were safe and that there was no “immediate” danger. The school was cleared shortly before 3 p.m. and students were dismissed.
Officials admitted that they can’t predict with certainty what might happen in the future if a student is spotted with a ruler or, Heaven forbid, a hole-puncher. One student reportedly wet himself when he spotted a letter-opener on a teacher’s desk.
Incredibly, at present, office supplies can still be legally sold and owned in Massachusetts, though there is a 3-day waiting period for the purchase of scissors.