September 17, 2014
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Officials at Central Connecticut State University are defending the police and school response to Monday reports of a masked man with a gun and sword.
Law enforcement swarmed the New Britain campus with SWAT teams and police dogs, and buildings were locked down for three hours. It turned out the man was a student dressed in an apparent Halloween costume that included a real sword and BB handgun.
University President Jack Miller said Tuesday that all potential threats must be taken seriously and officials need to respond to worst-case scenarios.
Classes resumed Tuesday and counseling was offered.
The student, 21-year-old David Kyem of Newington, was charged with breach of peace and posted bail Monday. He didn't return a phone message Tuesday, and it wasn't clear if he has a lawyer.
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