Friday 18 October 2019

Sandy Hook school evacuated after receiving bomb threat on shooting anniversary

It is unclear whether the alert was related to bomb threats made nationwide on Thursday.

Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

By Associated Press Reporters

Sandy Hook Elementary School has been evacuated after a bomb threat on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Police in Newtown, Connecticut, said the threat was made at about 9am on Friday and pupils were sent home for the day.

Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde said there is a heightened level of anxiety in the town on the anniversary and the school superintendent decided to cancel remaining classes.

It is unclear whether the alert was related to bomb threats made nationwide on Thursday.

The school where the shooting happened on December 14 2012 was knocked down and a new building was constructed on the same site.

Moments of silence were observed in Newtown and other places on Friday morning in memory of the victims.

Authorities said the threat specifically referenced the anniversary, but police did not believe it was credible.

A 20-year-old gunman shot his way into the school in 2012 and killed the 26 victims before fatally shooting himself.

Connecticut governor Dannel P Malloy had ordered all state and US flags in the state to remain at half-mast, where they have been in honour of the late president George HW Bush.

“The unthinkable tragedy that occurred on this day will forever have an impact — not only here in Connecticut, but throughout the entire nation,” Mr Malloy said in a statement.

“I think about these innocent, young children and generous, kindhearted educators every single day. I will always keep them in my prayers.”

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