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School sends urgent alert: ‘white hooded robe’ spotted in halls just prop for play

‘Costume will not be used in future’

Even though he’s been dead for centuries, William Shakespeare is still stirring up trouble.

The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania sent out an email to parents after a photograph of a student in a white hooded robe made the rounds on social media and caused some sort of panic. The individual was in a hallway in Lower Merion High School.

It turns out that the student was wearing part of a monk costume from the play “Romeo and Juliet,” which was being used by a 9th grade class. The student appeared to be returning to the classroom.

“Late this afternoon, it came to the attention of the Lower Merion School District Administration that a disturbing photograph was circulating on social media. The photograph shows a person in a white hooded robe in a hallway at Lower Merion High School,” read the email, a copy of which was obtained by The American Conservative. 

“The robe is part of a monk costume from ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ The monk’s costume — along with many other costumes — were to be used by 9th grade English students to act out the Shakespeare play. The photo appears to have been taken as a student was returning to class for a performance.”

But the misunderstanding will have consequences. “As soon as the teacher saw that particular costume, she realized it could be misinterpreted and that its imagery was disturbing,” the email reads. “The costume will not be used in future enactments of ‘Romeo and Juliet.'”

Future crisis averted.

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