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Police: Fairfield, Conn. Schools Safe After Lockdown Following Threats

Davis Dunavin

Gary McNamara, Chief of Police in Fairfield, Connecticut, said the town’s schools are safe and that students are returning home. Earlier today, all 17 public schools and three private schools in Fairfield went on lockdown after a series of threatening phone calls. Police said someone called in gun and bomb threats to at least three schools around 9 a.m. Police said their investigations turned up no evidence of a threat at any schools.

David Title, superintendent of Fairfield Schools, said the district started practicing regular drills for lockdowns nearly three years ago, after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

“Kids and faculty are used to this, and we’re in a much better position than we were three years ago on a lot of different fronts," he said. "Unfortunately, this is the world now.”

Schools in Fairfield were dismissed early today.

Fairfield police said they’re working with the FBI to investigate leads on who could have made the calls.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.