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Crisis counselors available at Fairfield schools following last week's threats

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Police stationed outside of Fairfield Warde High School on Friday. (WFSB photo) Police stationed outside of Fairfield Warde High School on Friday. (WFSB photo)
FAIRFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Students and staff in Fairfield returned to a normal day of classes and activities on Monday after several threats were made to schools on Friday.

Crisis counselors were made available at all of the schools on Monday morning.

"Parents were definitely anxious, probably will be for a little while," said parent Donna Osinski.

Police said the threats turned out to be unsubstantiated; however, a residual effect of fear must be dealt with as families try to move forward.

Eleven schools in all were locked down and police from neighboring towns were called to help.

Officers said they started receiving calls around 9 a.m. on Friday. Information received mentioned bombs and hostages.

They said it was enough to put security and crisis procedures in place.

“I was a little nervous at first,” said Matthew Delmiche, a high school junior.

“I was in a meeting,” said Ken O’Toole, a parent. “My phone lit up with text and email. I came running.”

I was a false alarm, however.

"We talked about it when the kids got home. My second grader thought that it was just a drill. Had no idea what was going on," said parent Linda Menkes.

Despite that, there was a heavy police presence at every school in town.

“All of a sudden we heard them say ‘this is a lockdown,’” said Jared Kulaks, a junior. “[We] kind of thought it was a drill.”

Administrators said they believe the best thing is to return to normalcy as quickly as possible.

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