An Attleboro school lockdown occurred this Tuesday with no shots fired, as police searched the local Massachusetts middle school for a gunman who allegedly wore “baggy pants” and a “white shirt” after students spotted the black man in a nearby field. WebProNews confirmed this Tuesday, Oct. 8, that Twitter was the primary means through which the local community (and soon the nation at large) became aware of the lockdown and the gunman’s presence.
The Attleboro school lockdown was officially announced by the Attleboro Police Department, who took to Twitter late this afternoon to confirm that Wamsutta Middle School had been put into lockdown mode following an unidentified male and armed gunman being spotted.
The gunman was said to be a black male wearing baggy pants and a white shirt. Some of the students during recess allegedly said that the man was lurking in a field just outside the school, and upon being seen, ran into a nearby wooded area.
Students were soon allowed to leave Wamsutta School to be picked up by concerned families, though no update from the social media feed of the police department has since been given. There were no reports of any shots fired, but any claims of an individual carrying a gun anywhere near school grounds must be taken seriously. With the Sandy Hook tragedy still in the minds of many people across the U.S., such precautions must be taken, said one official involved in the Attleboro school lockdown.
According to the earlier police tweet:
“Searching area of Warmsutta School for a man with a Gun. School in lock down. Perimeter established. Black male baggy pants, white shirt”
Just one of the many re-tweets following the Attleboro Department’s post said what many worried people may have had on their minds. The potential gunman in question is still at large.
“Sickening. What is wrong these days? #Attleboro school on lockdown after students report possible gunman”