Giant Burrito Causes School Lock-Down
CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — A 911 call about a possible weapon at a middle school
prompted police to put armed officers on rooftops, close nearby streets
and lock down the school. All over a giant burrito.
Someone called authorities Thursday after seeing a boy carrying something
long and wrapped up into Marshall Junior High School. The drama ended two
hours later when the suspicious item was identified as a 30-inch burrito
filled with steak, guacamole, lettuce, salsa and jalapenos. It was wrapped
inside tin foil and a white T-shirt.
“I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry,” school Principal Diana Russell
Russell said the mystery was solved after she brought everyone in the
school together in the auditorium to explain what was going on. Afterward,
eighth-grader Michael Morrissey approached her. “He said, ‘I think I’m the
person they saw,”‘ Russell said.
The burrito was part of Morrissey’s extra-credit assignment to create
commercial advertising for a product. “We had to make up a product and it
could have been anything. I made up a restaurant that specialized in oddly
large burritos,” Morrissey said.
After students heard the description of what police were looking for, he
and his friends began to make the connection. He then took the burrito to
the office. “I have a new nickname now. It’s Burrito Boy,” Morrissey said.