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Details Emerge On Norwalk High School Shelter In Place

Extra officers will be on hand at Stamford High School Wednesday.
Extra officers will be on hand at Stamford High School Wednesday. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

The report of the sliding sound of a gun being cocked in a men's room at Norwalk High School that led to a shelter-in-place alert and early dismissal for students, turned out to be just that, a noise.

The incident took place around 10:45 a.m. Tuesday when Norwalk High School staff reported the incident to the Norwalk Police School Resource Officer, said Lt. Terrence Blake.

Staff reported that a student reported hearing what they believed was someone pulling the slide back on a handgun in a men’s room around 8:30 a.m., said Blake.

"At no time did the student see a firearm and at no time were there any threats made," said Blake.

The school resource officer, along with an extra duty officer assigned to a security detail at the school, alerted the police department's dispatch and immediately conducted a search of the men’s room and the immediate area, Blake said.

The officers did not find anyone or any evidence during that search. More than 20 Norwalk officers responded to the school along with Special Victims Unit Investigators. Norwalk High School staff placed the school in a shelter-in-place status during which time no students were allowed to leave the campus or their classrooms and no one was permitted to enter the campus.

During the investigation, officers conducted interviews, reviewed security camera footage and coordinated the early dismissal of all students at 1:30 p.m.

Once the school was empty, and with the assistance of the Stamford Police Bomb Squad K9 Unit, the school was searched for firearms, however, none were located, Blake said.

"At this time the investigation has found no evidence to substantiate the complaint that was received this morning," Blake said. "No arrests have been made and at this time none are expected. Norwalk High School staff is in the process of conducting a secondary search of classrooms, lockers, and bags."

Blake added that the department continues to encourage all students, staff and community members to immediately report all suspicious activity to us.

To give students a sense of safety, extra police will be on duty at the school Wednesday.

To report a suspicious incident or event call 911; anonymous internet tips can be sent to the Norwalk Police website at www.Norwalkpd.com or through anonymous text tips by typing NPD into the text field, followed by the message and sending it to CRIMES (274637)

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