Connecticut Schools on Lockdown Due to 'Suspicious Person'

Dashiell Bennett
The Atlantic Wire
Connecticut Schools on Lockdown Due to 'Suspicious Person'

Public schools in the neighboring towns of Ridgefield, Redding, and Easton, Connecticut, are on lockdown after a resident reported seeing a man possibly carrying a rifle near the Branchville School in Ridgefield Monday morning. Police are searching the area, but no threats have been made and no one has been found with that description yet. Ridgefield is about 20 miles from Newtown, where Friday's shooting took place. 

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As the search was happening, local police in Newtown were giving a press conference to update the media on the investigation and stated that any threats or attempts to interfere in the investigation would be taken seriously and possibly lead to prosecution. A student at nearby Bristol Central High School was arrested and charged for making threatening comments over the weekend and a memorial service at a local church was briefly evacuated on Sunday night after an apparent threat was made. Connecticut schools had already been closed Monday as officials and teachers dealt with how to readjust themselves and students following the Newtown shooting.