Two schools in Attleboro, Massachusetts were put on lockdown today, after a suspicious man was seen with what appeared to be a gun in his back pocket.
Attleboro police said that the man was viewed from Wamsutta Middle School on Locust Street, just before noon. Wamsutta, as well as Hyman Fine Elementary, were promptly put on lockdown, as police investigated.
Massachusetts State Police said via Twitter that K-9 units and the Air Wing were brought in to the investigation.
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) October 8, 2013
Attleboro police described the man their searching for:
Searching area of Warmsutta School for a man with a Gun. School in lock down. Perimeter established. Black male baggy pants, white shirt
— Attleboro Police (@AttleboroPolice) October 8, 2013
Wamsutta was dismissed at about 2:30 p.m., and Hyman Fine was dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Concerned citizens in the area also took to Twitter:
— Perks of JT⚓ (@ahearn_justice) October 8, 2013
Sickening. What is wrong these days? #Attleboro school on lockdown after students report possible gunman
— Adam Harding (@AdamHardingNews) October 8, 2013
— Ray Chel (@raymooundo) October 8, 2013
FYI...there are hundreds of acres of woods behind wamsutta middle school and hyman fine elem school in #Attleboro.
— AndreaWBZ (@AndreaWBZ) October 8, 2013
Some think the man was a gangster, some think he might have been hunting. Either way, with the current state of the nation, one can never be too careful when it comes to possible school violence. Sadly, large response tactics are put in place for a reason. Attleboro Sgt. Arthur Brillon stated, “If we err, we’d prefer to err on the side of caution."
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