Thursday, April 13, 2006

On the very real threat of ninjas

Okay, so Doug said that after his third encounter with campus police at the G-Day game, they probably thought he was an al Qaida sleeper agent casing the campus. I say he should just be glad he isn't a ninja:
ATF rids Univ. of ninja threat
Published , April 12, 2006, 06:00:01 AM EDT

ATF agents are always on alert for anything suspicious — including ninjas.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearm agents, on campus Tuesday for Project Safe Neighborhoods training, detained a “suspicious individual” near the Georgia Center, University Police Chief Jimmy Williamson said.

Jeremiah Ransom, a sophomore from Macon, was leaving a Wesley Foundation pirate vs. ninja event when he was detained.

After being held in investigative detention, he was found to have violated no criminal laws and was not arrested.

“It was surreal,” Ransom said. “I was jogging from Wesley to Snelling when I heard someone yell ‘freeze.’”

Ransom said he thought a friend was playing a joke before he realized officers had guns drawn and pointed at him.

ATF agents had noticed Ransom’s suspicious behavior and clothing and gave chase, apprehending him, Williamson said.

“Agents noticed someone wearing a bandanna across the face and acting in a somewhat suspicious manner, peeping around the corner,” said ATF special agent in charge Vanessa McLemore.

If you're sending your kid off to college, and you're concerned about the risk of ninja attack (and let's face it, who isn't, in these trying times?), rest assured that Athens, Georgia has the highest ninja conviction rate of any college town in the country.

I also remember hearing a lot about piracy while I was there, so you're probably safe on that front as well.

Hat tip to Jesus' General.

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