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Student's Military-Style Jacket Prompts Middle School Lockdown

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A Connecticut student wearing a military-style jacket put his middle school on lockdown Tuesday.

The JFK Middle School in Southington was placed on lockdown with all students instructed to stay in classrooms around 11 a.m., NBC Connecticut reports.

According to police, a school employee noticed a suspicious person walking down the hallway, describing him as standing 5 feet 7 inches tall and wearing a green military-type jacket.

The school alerted parents informing them of the incident as officers began to search the school and area.

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Police said a student matching the staffer’s description was found in a classroom and identified as the person in question.

“There was no threat. He just didn’t look like he belonged in the school,” Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz told The Bristol Press. The lockdown was lifted just before 1 p.m.

Southington schools sent out a second alert saying police did not find anything to worry about, but conducted a thorough search of the buildings and surrounding grounds.

"I think in situations like this, staff members reacted exactly the way they were supposed to react and I think school administration acted exactly the way they were supposed to act and so did the police department,” Superintendent of Schools Tim Connellan told WFSB.

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No discipline is expected to be taken against the student or staff member, Connellan said.

The school was on lockdown just two weeks ago during a police investigation into a nearby bank robbery, NBC reports. Nearly 800 students are enrolled at the school.

Sources: NBC ConnecticutThe Bristol PressWFSB