LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Katonah-Lewisboro District schools were put on lockdown Monday morning after a “possibly suspicious person” was reported carrying a rifle at the Branchville train station in nearby Ridgefield, Conn.
Police said that "lockdown" status means no one is allowed into the school without proper identification.
Town and police officials said police presence at district schools has been increased since the Sandy Hook School shootings in Newtown, Conn., Friday.
“Both the state police and our own officers have been increasing our stops at all the schools in the district since Friday,” said Lewisboro Police Lt. Doug McCray. “We’re making more stops throughout the day.”
Deputy Town Supervisor Pete DeLucia said that while the increased patrols are a safety precaution, they are also designed to assuage parents’ fears.
“Parents are all very concerned about what happened [in Newtown],” he said. “We are all questioning if [the students] are safe, so precautions are being taken. On Friday, we started working with the state police to have a presence at all our schools. The officers go to the school and pop in and say, ‘Hi.’ ”
DeLucia said police have to walk a fine line between increasing their presence and creating a feeling of paranoia on the campuses.
“We don’t want to scare the kids,” he said. “But everybody is affected by this. We’ve never seen anything like it.”