FAIRFIELD, Conn. — All students in Fairfield's 17 public schools will be dismissed early on Friday after a lockdown incident involving phoned-in threats, officials said.
School Superintendent David Title urged parents to stay at home and wait for children to arrive on buses. The regular early dismissal times and procedures will be followed, he said.
There is a police presence at every school in town, Chief Gary MacNamara said in a press conference.
"All of our schools, both private and public, are safe and secure. And all the students, staff and personnel are safe," MacNamara said.
Title said the dismissal process will take hours and he asked parents to be patient.
All after-school activities, including home and away games, are canceled, he said.
original story : FAIRFIELD, Conn. — All 17 public school buildings have been placed on lockdown Friday morning, after a man called an elementary school and threatened to come there with a rifle, according to a post at the Fairfield school district website and the Fairfield Citizen .
The town’s two high schools received calls warning of bombs, the Citizen said.
“All schools are currently in lockdown,’’ says a post on the Board of Education website says. “There is a police presence at every school. The police have been unable to confirm the threats at this time. But they are taking them seriously. Please do not come to the schools. For updated information parents can report to the Fairfield Prep parking lot.’’
Police told the Citizen that calls were made to three schools: Holland Hill Elementary and both Ludlowe and Warde high schools, but all 17 buildings were locked down as a precaution.
All of the Catholic schools in Fairfield are also on lockdown, according to NBC Connecticut .
The Fairfield Police Department told NBC Connecticut a man called just after 9 a.m. and said he was at a home on Black Rock Turnpike and had killed his girlfriend, had a hostage, and was in possession of guns and pipebombs.
There is no such address and police believe it was a swatting incident, NBC said.
"No we don't know if the Black Rock Turnpike thing is used as a diversion, or whether it was just in fact part of the plan." Lt. James Perez, of Fairfield Police, said to NBC. "But I will tell you that we, as law enforcement officers, take all of these calls extremely seriously because we have to."
Read the full story here at the Fairfield Citizen and here at NBC Connecticut.
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