Category: Society / December 17, 2012 5:57 PM EST
Cautious educators and police locked down schools at the first hint of trouble on Monday (December 17) as nervous parents sent their kids back to school for the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
At least three school districts near Newtown went into lock down on Monday after a citizen reported a "suspicious person" at a train station near an elementary school in Ridgefield, about 20 miles (30 km) from Newtown, where a gunman shot dead 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary.
"Shortly before 8am (1300gmt) we got a report of a suspicious male in the area. It got described to us as, wearing all black and possibly with a long-gun slung over his shoulder, described to us as a rifle," said a local police officer.
Concerned mothers reflected on the scare:
"At the bus stop this morning, we say goodbye to our kids, we have a cry and give each other a hug and then 10 minutes later we get a call that school has been delayed for an hour."
"And they were not loving the fact, that they were coming back to school. My oldest who is 4th (grade) and processing this, he was nervous and you are trying to reassure him that everything is ok and then this happens."