NORWALK, Conn. (WTNH) – An investigation is underway in Norwalk after a report of a threat believed to be a hoax put three schools under lockdown Friday afternoon.
Around noon, Norwalk Police Department Combined Dispatch received a phone call indicating there was an alleged student at Norwalk High School in possession of a weapon.
A large number of police officers responded to the school and in coordination with administrators, the school was placed under lockdown. Naramake and Nathan Hale schools were placed in lockdown as well.
Norwalk Police said they secured the outer school perimeter and began to search for any threats within the school. Once they established the scene was safe, an investigation was underway.
Police said officers and school staff began the release of students around 2 p.m. in a way that would not interfere with the investigation. All of the approximately 1,900 students were released to buses and parents and walkers were allowed to leave as well.
Police said all backpacks and belongings left behind were searched as part of the investigation to ensure no weapons remained within the school. No weapons were found.
Norwalk Police Department’s Detective Bureau has assumed the investigation and is partnering with federal law enforcement agencies to try to identify the caller.
Anyone with information about this is encouraged to contact Detective Ribisl at (203) 854-3029 or via email at email@example.com. You can also share information anonymously using the Norwalk Police Tip Line at (203) 854-3111 or by sending it to www.norwalkpd.com. Anonymous text tips can be submitted by typing NORWALKPD into the text field with your message and sending it to 847411.