Report of gun determined to be false alarm


Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour High School, above, and all Seymour schools were in lock down on Thursday after several reports of armed individuals in the area of the schools. The Seymour Police Department has confirmed all reports were false.

Tribune photo by Aaron Piper/ Seymour High School Resource Officer Keith Williams, left, walks with school Vice Principal Talmadge Reasoner during a hallway patrol on Thursday. All Seymour schools were under lock down after false reports of people with firearms were filed in the area.

Seymour Community Schools were placed on what was described as external lockdown Thursday because of at least three reports to police about people armed with weapons.

All the reports proved false, however, Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

The calls from citizens were a sign that people are nervous following the Dec. 14 massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Abbott and Seymour High School Principal Greg Prange said. A gunman killed 20 young students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Prange planned to send a letter home with students Thursday afternoon, explaining to parents what happened and what precautions were taken.

Those precautions included an early lockdown of students in their classrooms and later allowing students to move between buildings but only with supervision of police officers, Prange said in the letter to parents.

“We want people to remain confident and have faith that their kids are safe,” he said.

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