Kennedy lockdown lifted after ‘suspicious’ person found to be a student

A lockdown at Kennedy Middle School was lifted once the suspicious person was determined to be a student at the school.

At about 11 a.m., a staff member at the school reported a white male, 5’7” tall, wearing a green military jacket in the school’s hallways. The staff member erred on the side of caution and notified the school’s main office, which instituted a lockdown.

A Southington Police officer, who was at the school for a visitation, assisted with the lockdown and directed additional police resources to the school.

During the search, a Kennedy student, matching the original description of the suspicious person, was located inside of a classroom. The student was positively identified as the person seen walking in the hallway.

After a thorough secondary search of the building an “all clear” was given and students were dismissed to their next classroom.

Earlier story: Kennedy Middle School has been placed on lockdown, following a report of a suspicious person in the area.

Southington School Supt. Timothy Connellan said that a person, that was not a part of the school or the construction staff on site, was spotted and the school was then placed in lockdown. This means the students are locked in their classrooms with teachers and faculty and the blinds are down.

Connellan said that police are on sight, sweeping the area.

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