Thank Heaven! Rochester Institute of Technology is Safe from a Guy Wielding an Umbrella

It’s tempting to knee-jerk condemn all this, but look — a guy carrying an umbrella could be a supervillain.



(CBS/WROC) ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A gun scare on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus is over, with the sheriff’s office saying an umbrella had been mistaken for a rifle.

According to WROC, sheriff’s office gave the all clear at around 9:15 a.m. Friday.


The Great Umbrella Scare put the campus on lockdown. And the police are taking no chances with the budding, umbrella-carrying supervillain.

Authorities were able to track the first year photography student to his residence hall. Stella says he was cooperative and showed authorities an umbrella he had with a samurai-style handle that was mistaken for that rifle.

Stella said the RTS bus driver did exactly what he was supposed to do.

“The good thing is with the RIT alert system we are able to reach out to everybody, all the key stakeholders on campus, to let them know there is a situation,” said Stella.

“It makes me feel safer. I like the whole system we have,” said Kelsey Full, student.

Stella says authorities confiscated the umbrella and the student will only get that back at the end of the school year.

Riddle me this: What right to authorities have to confiscate a harmless umbrella?


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