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College goes on lockdown after light saber mistaken for gun

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 12:34:57-04

EAST FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York college that went on lockdown over a report of a gun on campus says the weapon turned out to be a light saber.

Students and staff members at Farmingdale State College on Long Island were told to shelter in place Wednesday while police investigated a report that someone was assembling a rifle in a school parking lot.

College spokeswoman Kathryn Coley says the rifle was actually a "Star Wars" toy.

Farmingdale State is part of the State University of New York system. It has about 8,700 students.