Rebecca Johnson School Placed in Lockdown at Dismissal


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — A Springfield elementary school was placed in lockdown Wednesday as police

Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that around 3:30 p.m., a caller reported to police seeing someone walking in the neighborhood carrying a gun in the area of the Rebecca Johnson School.

While officers were in the area investigating, Springfield Public Schools spokesperson Azell Cavaan says that the school was put in lockdown.

Cavaan and Delaney both note that the lockdown, which prohibited anyone from going into or coming out of the building, was a precautionary measure.

Cavaan adds that parents were alerted by an automated telephone message of what was going on and that their children may be late coming home from school.

The lockdown was lifted about 45 minutes later, and students were dismissed to their buses under police supervision.

Delaney says that no gun or person carrying a gun were found.