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Connecticut school district in lockdown following report of suspicious person in area

Published December 17, 2012

DEVELOPING: Schools in Ridgefield, Conn., are on lockdown following reports of a “suspicious person” possibly armed with a rifle. 

Ridgefield is approximately 19 miles from Newtown, where 20 children and six adults were killed Friday when a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook elementary school. 

Ridgefield Superintendent Deborah Low released a statement Monday saying that schools in the district “have been put into lockdown.”

“Due to a report of a possibly suspicious person in the Branchville Train Station area, all schools have been put into lockdown. Branchville Elementary school buses have been diverted to East Ridge Middle School and BES students are in the auditorium,” Low said.

Lt. J. Paul Vance, Connecticut State Police spokesman, said during a press conference Monday that the individual spotted in Ridgefield is possibly armed.

“We’re not sure what the situation is,” Vance said. “Ridgefield is handling that situation.”