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Threat forces New Haven's Hillhouse into lockdown

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The New Haven School District plans to have extra security in place at Hillhouse High School after someone phoned in a threat and caused the building to be placed in a lockdown Thursday morning.

A spokesperson for New Haven Public Schools said the threat was made form a payphone around 10 a.m. Sources told Eyewitness News the threat referenced shooting a teacher.

Officials said that out of an abundance of caution, the school was locked down.

"It's pretty scary with everything that has been going on with the Newtown shooting and the last school shooting," said parent Jasmine Moncrease. "It's nerve-wracking."

Police provided extra security at Hillhouse High School the rest of Thursday while the threat was investigated.

Eyewitness News learned that police are looking for a drifter from the area named Jeffrey Jones. Jones is also a person of interest in the threat called into Yale last month.

An unidentified man called police on Nov. 25 and stated "his roommate" was in possession of a long gun and was on his way to Yale University. Following the emergency phone call, the Yale campus was placed in lockdown for several hours.

Police believe the incident at Yale University was a hoax and there was no gunman. Investigators said they can only use an abundance of caution when dealing with these types of calls.

"False alarms and hoaxes are always frustrating," said New Haven Police Lt. Jeff Hoffman. "It's part of the job and unfortunately, we have to spend a significant amount of time on it. Until the threat has been cleared, (we are) determining the seriousness of the threats."

At least a dozen parents waited outside Hillhouse High School to get approval to come in and take their child home. Some said they too were just using an abundance of caution.

"(It's a) horrible feeling, but I'm glad everything's alright," said parent Sorangel Guante.

The superintendent, principal and other school officials are assisting police in the investigation.

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