Sandy Hook school evacuated over threat on anniversary of gun massacre

Police standing guard at the entrance to Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.
Police standing guard at the entrance to Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012.PHOTO: AFP

NEW YORK (AFP) - US elementary school Sandy Hook, the scene of a horrific shooting that left 26 children and teachers dead, was evacuated on Friday (Dec 14) after receiving a bomb threat on the sixth anniversary of the massacre.

A police spokesman from Newton, Connecticut told AFP all of the students were evacuated without incident.

A police search of the premises did not turn up an explosive device, though school administrators closed the institution for the day as a precaution.

The scare occurred exactly six years after the Dec 14, 2012 slaughter that saw gunman Adam Lanza, 20, enter the school with an assault rifle and shoot dead 20 six- and seven-year-olds along with six teachers, before ending his own life.

The shocking tragedy gripped the nation and sparked renewed calls for stronger arms legislation including from former president Barack Obama - though no meaningful action has been taken since.

The school building was demolished in 2013 and completely reconstructed, with reinforced security and a memorial in the school yard's garden.

As they do every year, Newtown residents honored the memory of the victims by observing a moment of silence on Friday morning to mark when Lanza entered the school.