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Katonah-Lewisboro School District officials lifted a lockout at its six schools shortly before noon on Monday after they determined that a report of a man carrying a rifle at a train station in Ridgefield, Conn., some 12 miles away, posed no security threat.
The schools were placed in a lockout after reports surfaced of a gunman at the Branchville train station, about 20 miles from Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and seven adults were shot dead by a gunman Friday. Details were sketchy, but Fox News said police were searching for a "suspicious person" after a woman reported seeing a man carrying what looked like a weapon at the train station.
During the lockout, the children in the Katonah-Lewisboro district remained in their schools, according to officials. In a lockout, schools try to deter an external threat, restricting access to school buildings, but letting classes proceed as normal, a spokeswoman said in an email. In a lockdown, the threat can be internal and movement within schools is restricted.
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Officials at the nearby North Salem Central School District said they were monitoring reports from Ridgefield, but had not instituted special security measures.