Police check false report of gun near school

Emerson Elementary School and Seymour High School remained on what was described as an external lockdown Thursday morning because of several reports to schools and police about people armed with weapons. All the reports have proved false, however.

"Everything we have checked out has proven to be false," Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said at 9:25 a.m.

"We had a report of someone on West Second Street reportedly armed with a rifle," Abbott said. "That proved to be a young man walking away from the school on Second Street carrying an umbrella."

Police also received reports of specific students who were armed, but those, too, proved to be false, he said.

Officials do not recommend parents pick up children this morning as a result of those calls, Seymour Community Schools security leader Talmadge Reasoner said.

"Kids are safe here," Reasoner said. He is also an assistant principal at Seymour High School. "Parents shouldn't come and get them."

Police were expected to continue patrolling school property throughout the day, Reasoner added.

Abbott said the police department is receiving calls from people reporting they've read about a shooting at the high school on social media.

"That is just wrong," Abbott said. "There has been no shooting at the high school or anywhere in Seymour today."


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