Monday, June 10, 2013
Schools in Newtown, Conn., were placed on "lockdown" today after a phoned-in threat, stirring fears for the community that in December was the site of a massive school shooting that killed 20 students and six staff members.
The schools were placed on modified lockdown, in which students were dismissed to parents or by bus, after a threat was called in to Hawley elementary school, according to schools superintendent John Reed.
Reed said that the threat was being investigated by police and the FBI and that it was not a "bomb threat," though he would not give details on the nature of the phone call. He expected all students to be dismissed by 4:05 p.m.
Newtown police said they put schools on lockdown for "precautionary measures" but would not offer any other details.
Parents of Newtown students told ABC News they received an alert about the modified lockdown and police response. They were told to expect afternoon busses to be delayed, but otherwise not to worry.
The scare comes almost exactly six months after gunman Adam Lanza broke into Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012, and gunned down 26 people. He also killed his mother and himself during the rampage.