Central Connecticut State University, America’s least efficiently named college, was in a serious panic on Monday afternoon after it was reported that an armed man was wandering around campus. For three hours, students were instructed to follow explicit lockdown procedures and stay away from public areas. Those who had originally thought it was a joke became frightened after seeing an influx of armed police and security.
Another student, 18-year-old Morgan Podlisny, said she and others watched the situation unfold from the Seth North Residence Hall. “Our whole dorm was freaking out…there were a lot of cops there rushing in with guns,” she said.
Eventually, after hours of worry and confusion, campus police announced that the culprit in question was in custody. Except he wasn’t armed or dangerous, just hungover. 21-year-old David Kyem, who was still wearing his Ninja halloween costume four days after October ended, is accused of sparking a frenzy at CCSU. The “weapons” in his possession were a plastic ninja sword and a toy gun. Because nobody in the real world has a sense of humor, Kyem was charged with a crime after everything had settled down.
David Kyem, 21, a senior at the school and son of CCSU professor Peter Kyem, was charged with breach of peace after his costume triggered a scare that brought heavily armed police to the New Britain campus and forced students to seek shelter behind locked doors for about three hours Monday.
But why was Kyem dressed like a Ninja days after Halloween? His father, a CCSU Geography professor, shed some light on this mystery.
The elder Kyem said his son attended a party at the University of Connecticut for three days without a change of clothes and returned to campus Monday still wearing his Halloween costume, which was a ninja.
Though, it’s safe to say the entire ordeal wasn’t an entire waste. CCSU provided us with a model example about how to handle campus-wide ninja concerns. Never treat a ninja situation lightly, even around Halloween. If you ever spot ninjas on your campus, don’t bother going into lockdown. It’s already too late.
[via Mass Live]