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New alert prompts shut down of schools in US town near Newtown

Published on Dec 17, 2012 11:16 PM

NEW YORK (AFP) - Reports of a suspicious person prompted the lockdown and deployment of police on Monday at all schools in the Connecticut town of Ridgefield, near where a gunman massacred 26 people at another school last week.

"All schools have been put in lockdown and there is police presence at each building," the Ridgefield public schools system said in an alert on its website.

It cited "reports of a possibly suspicious person." Ridgefield is close to Newtown, where a 20-year-old man entered the elementary school last Friday and shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children.