Newtown schools lockdown: Superintendent of Schools says modified lockdown underway

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The office of the Superintendent of Schools has confirmed to the Newtown Bee newspaper that Newtown, Connecticut schools were on a "modified lockdown" Monday afternoon.

According to the Bee , at 2:05 p.m. a phone call was received at Hawley School issuing an "unspecified" threat, according to the superintendent's office.

By 3 p.m., school buses were authorized to take children home even though Superintendent of Schools had not formally lifted the modified lockdown order.

Newtown is the same area where children and teachers were shot and killed in December at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The lockdown has since been lifted for all schools in the Newtown area.

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