Sandy Hook Elementary School students have been sent home for the day after a bomb threat forced an evacuation on the sixth anniversary of the massacre that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.
The Newtown Police Department said it received a call around 9 a.m. ET that a bomb was at the school. Officers were sent to the school and conducted a search as a precaution, but do not believe the threat was credible.
bomb threats alerted police departments across the United States and Canada, bomb threats were sent to businesses, hospitals, and other places. Authorities said the reported threats were either emailed or phoned in.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult staff members. Before driving to the school, he shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home, and then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
The school building was renovated. The new building, which stands on the same grounds of the massacre, opened in 2016.
Moments of silence were observed in Newtown and other places Friday morning in memory of the victims.