School Mistakes Burrito for a Weapon

School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon (AP)

A call about a possible weapon at a middle school prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito. Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something long and wrapped into Marshall Junior High. The drama ended two hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos and wrapped inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.

“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” school Principal Diana Russell said.

I’m doing the former.

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  1. McGehee says:

    I’m not so sure a burrito that big isn’t a weapon. I’d hate to ride home on the bus with that kid.

  2. wavemaker says:

    “Drop the Burrito and back away, sir.”

    Just like the old Taco Bell chalupa ad. Life imitates art.