SOUTHINGTON, Conn. – A “suspicious” looking middle school student with a “green military-type jacket” sent a Connecticut school into lockdown for two hours Tuesday.
A school staff member alerted school authorities to a suspicious man roaming the school hallway, describing the person as roughly 5 feet 7 inches and wearing a green military-type jacket. School officials relayed the possible threat to police, who issued a lockdown around 11 a.m., NBC reports.
“Officers searched the John F. Kennedy Middle School and its surrounding grounds, but police said the initial search ‘revealed nothing of a suspicious nature,’” WFSB.com reports.
The school district alerted parents of the lockdown, which of course made them very worried. Several nervous parents waited outside of the school during the search, but those who approached were told to go back and wait in their cars, according to WFSB.
“We got a phone call 15 to 20 minutes ago saying a teacher saw a suspicious person in the area and that’s all they said,” parent Courtney Peluso told the news site.
“It bothers me a little bit, it makes me wonder who is walking around, but they’re safe like the officer said, they are safe,” parent Andrea Smith said.
Meanwhile, school staff secured the school’s 800 students in classrooms and the cafeteria, superintendent Tim Connellan said.
At some point, police and school officials found a student fitting the description, and he was deemed not a threat. Police then conducted a second search, just in case, before giving the “all-clear” around 1 p.m., NBC reports.
Connellan told WFSB the student was walking in the hallway, while other students were in class, so that’s why the staff member who reported him was so suspicious, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
Don’t students walk the hallway to go to the restroom all the time when other students are in class?
Perhaps it was the green jacket that make him look like a terrorist threat.
Regardless, the superintendent said neither the student nor the staffer who reported him will face disciplinary action.
NBC reports the lockdown at JFK Middle School is the second in recent weeks, after issued a lockdown a few weeks ago while investigating a nearby back robbery.
Several who posted to the news sites had some harsh criticisms for how school officials handled the suspicious person complaint.
“All over a ‘military style jacket.’ Gee, what’s going to happen when someone wears their Cub Scout or Boy Scout uniform to school?” WFSB poster KRB052 questioned.
“Is it any surprise why American students lag behind their international peers when this is the caliber of people ‘educating’ them?” @ToucanSamLV posted.
“Good grief! I used to wear my dad’s military jacket to school all the time,” Wayne Kovacs posted to the NBC story. “Some innocent kid is going to get killed because of OVER VIGILANT, ‘BETTER-SAFE-THAN-SORRY’ IDIOT!”
“Fear is what will ruin this nation,” Brian Kelnohofer wrote. “Fear is what will turn this nation into a police state.”