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Threat against Newtown school mentioned Sandy Hook tragedy


Raw emotions resurfaced in Newtown after police said someone called in a threat Monday afternoon to one of the elementary schools forcing officials to put schools in lockdown.

The threat mentioned the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 where 20 first graders and six educators were shot and killed. It came just days before the six-month anniversary.

Newtown officials said the threat phoned into Hawley Elementary School, which was immediately locked down.

After learning of the threat, police rushed to the school in the wake of the threat. For many parents, the fears of what took place at Sandy Hook came rushing back.

"It sets us back, and remember, there are many children that are going to school every day that are aware of what happened," said Claire Savarese of Newtown

David Stowe's daughter is a third-grade student at Hawley. He said her teacher turned off the lights and hid the students inside a closet for about an hour.

"I felt like I was going to throw up," he said. "My wife felt the same way. Now I'm just very happy that my daughter is fine, and I'm just really angry that someone would do this."

In addition to Hawley, Channel 3 Eyewitness News was told Newtown's other schools went into a soft lockdown while the district sent out emails and used a reverse 911 system to alert parents of what was taking place.

"It's really evil when something like that happens after what we've been through," Savarese said.

There were no reported injuries.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, who is investigating the threat with Newtown police and other agencies, threats such as this one are a federal crime, and their resources are being used to find out who is responsible.

Eyewitness News has learned the caller may have used some sort of computer program or phone that is difficult to trace.

Some parents told Eyewitness News seeing the police cars and getting the town-wide alert after Monday's threat brought it all back.

Newtown police say they have had a police presence at all schools since the shooting and they felt confident that was enough in the wake of this threat.

Newtown's school superintendent told Eyewitness News attendance at Hawley's Elementary School was down slightly Tuesday, but overall everyone went to school. They continued offering counseling, if anyone needed to talk.

While the lockdown lasted only about an hour, it was long enough for a town already on edge.

"It's no joke," said parent Bess Hutchison. "Everybody is still raw and on edge."

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