Ridgefield Schools Are No Longer In Lock Down

Ridgefield schools are no longer in lock down.

"The police have given the all clear," wrote school Superintendent Deborah Low in an email that was sent to parents Monday at 11:15 a.m. "After an extensive police search, no dangerous activity was discovered."

All Ridgefield schools were in lock down for about two hours because of reports of a suspicious person near the Branchville train station. Police searched the train station and nearby Branchville Elementary School.

At 11 a.m., the investigation continued, but police said they were starting to clear the scene. A suspect was not in custody.

According to Ridgefield's school department, there is police presence at each of the town's schools today. Buses heading to Branchville Elementary School were diverted to East Ridge Elementary because of the lock down. Branchville elementary students were in the auditorium.

Branchville students are now taking buses from East Ridge back to Branchville.

Because of the activity in Ridgefield, schools in Redding were also in lock down Monday. That lock down order was lifted at 10 a.m. Redding is part of the Region 9 School District.

Ridgefield is about 20 miles from Newtown, where gunman killed 20 children and six staff members Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Connecticut schools are in a heightened state of alert on the first day of school since Friday's tragedy.

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