Police in Ohio recently responded to two reports of "men with guns". The first report resulted in a lockdown of a high school and a middle school while the second had a number of police cruisers converging upon the scene along Interstate 70.
What in the world is going on in Ohio to cause all these reports of "men with guns"?
Deer season. Or more appropriately, deer season mixed with a healthy dose of hoplophobia.
In the first case, Pickerington North High School and Lakeview Junior High were locked down for about 30 minutes when a student reported a man with a rifle near the schools, said Pickerington Superintendent Rob Walker.As Miss Emily Litella would have said, never mind.
Fairfield County deputies determined that the man was a hunter on his own property. The same thing happened seven or eight years ago, Walker said.
Still, he’s glad students are paying attention: “When in doubt, let’s err on the side of safety."
In the second case, Columbus police cruisers converged on the Near East Side after reports of a man in camouflage with a gun near I-70 and Lilley Avenue.
Officers soon declared it a nonemergency, saying the man was a lost hunter.