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Classes resume at Conn. college after lockdown

By Dave Collins

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5 2013 2:21 p.m. MST

In this Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 photo provided by Central Connecticut State University senior David Kyem, son of CCSU geography professor Peter Kyem is seen in a surveillance photo in an elevator of a campus building in New Britain, Conn. Reports of a person carrying a sword led to a 3-hour campus lockdown. Kyem, 21, was charged with breach of peace and posted bail Monday.

Courtesy of Central Connecticut State University, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — 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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