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No threat found at Fitch High School following lockdown

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GROTON, CT (WFSB) -

A high school in Groton was locked down Friday morning, but it turned out to be a big misunderstanding.

The superintendent's office said Robert E. Fitch Senior High School on Groton Long Point Road was put into lockdown as a precaution. However, the lockdown was lifted before noon.

Still, it made parents nervous for much of the morning.

"They're in a classroom," said Meagan Muriel, a concerned aunt of one of the students. "The teachers are performing the drills they were trained to do.  But as soon as you hear your niece or your loved one is in danger, you're right on the scene." 

Officials said there was a rumor that someone had a gun.

Police said that around 9:15 a.m., they were alerted by a student that of a possible threat made by another student.

They said school officials immediately placed the school in lockdown.

No injuries were reported to any faculty or students.

Police later said the cause for alarm was a student who thought she heard a possible threat from another student.

"That student immediately went to the principal. The principal put the school on lockdown. We just wanted to be sure," said Groton School Supt. Michael Graner.

Some parents told Eyewitness News that they weren't concerned.

"[Police] got it," said Nicki Bigelow, Fitch High School cafeteria employee. "The guys have it under control,  I think. Looks good."

"My niece actually texted me from inside the school. Saying that their are on lockdown," said Meagan Muriel. "The teachers are performing the drills that they're trained to do."

Graner said fortunately police were able to find that the source of the concern was really just a misunderstanding.

"I think the moral of the story in 2015 is we have to be very careful with our language any kind of jesting about a safety matter is not a joke and we take it very seriously and the students take it very seriously," Graner said.

He added that the mix-up was not a complete waste of time. He feels inside and outside, the school showed they're ready to handle a real emergency if it ever comes.

"We were impressed with the cooperation of the police department. But actually with the student body. The student body really got together and helped the school officials and police officials to determine what was going on," Graner said.

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