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17 schools in Connecticut on lockdown after 2 bomb threats, warning call from armed man in Fairfield: police.

Police say they received a call shortly after 9 a.m. Police swarmed more than a dozen Connecticut schools Friday after receiving two bomb threats and a harrowing call from a man saying he was headed to an elementary school with a rifle, officials said.According to the Fairfield Police Department, several students from Vanden High School reported Wednesday morning that a man had approached them as they were walking to school.Police were able to determine relatively quickly that there were no real threats at the schools, but because of the disruption to the school day school officials opted to dismiss schools early and cancel all after school activities. It’s unclear if the calls were credible, but they led to the lockdown early Friday of all 17 schools in Fairfield, Conn., as authorities investigate, according to Fairfield Public Schools. “The police have been unable to confirm the threat at this time.

Around 11:15 a.m., they were in “lockout mode,” meaning no one is allowed to enter or leave any school buildings. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. About 10,000 students attend Fairfield schools, officials said. “We recognize and truly understand that there are thousands of parents right now who are very scared and they’re very worried about their children,” the police chief said. “We certainly understand the angst.” The scare comes nearly three years after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, left 20 first-graders and six staff members dead. All available Fairfield police officers were called in to cover every school in town, and police departments in Bridgeport, Newtown Monroe, Westport and Trumbull sent officers to help, police said. “We train for this, we prepare for this and immediately our emergency management team … took steps to secure our schools until we could determine what we had,” MacNamara said at a press briefing late Friday morning. “All the schools are secure.” Fairfield has about 10,000 children in its public schools.

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