Seventeen public schools in Fairfield, Connecticut are in lockdown after three public schools received gun and bomb threats.
FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 23, 2015) (NBC) – Seventeen public schools were in lockdown on Friday (October 23) in Fairfield, Connecticut after three public schools received gun and bomb threats.
“We prepare for this, we train for this and all of our school children in the town of Fairfield at this particular moment are safe and secure in their schools or with school personnel handling the situation,” Fairfield Police Department Chief Gary MacNamara.
An anonymous threat was received by phone call after 9 a.m. (1300GMT) by a man said he had killed his girlfriend, had a hostage, was in possession of guns and pipe bombs, according to local media reports.
Local officials investigated the call and determined it might be a swatting incident. Shortly after Fairfield schools began to receive gun and bomb threat phone calls.
“Given the series of threats, the calls that came in, the time, the indication of a threat, where they were directed it would leave us to believe that it some form or fashion they are all connected but to just connected all those dots takes a little bit of time,” MacNamara said.
According to local media reports, Holland Hill Elementary School received a call where a man said he was coming down with an M-16, Roger Ludlowe High School received a call about a bomb threat, and Fairfield Warde High School received a call claiming pipebombs were scattered throughout the school.
All seventeen schools in the town plan to release students early.