A pupil's story that a man with a weapon made threats at a bus stop yesterday turned out to be a hoax, but not before Montgomery County officials rushed to lock down 13 nearby schools.
The Kingsview Middle School pupil reported at 7:30 a.m. that he had been standing at his bus stop when a man showed him a weapon and made general threats about schools.
The story came at a time of heightened concern about school safety. There have been three school shootings nationwide in the past two weeks, one of which included the death of five girls in an Amish schoolhouse near Lancaster, Pa.
Officials reacted by locking all the doors at surrounding elementary, middle and high schools and canceling outdoor activities. County police decided to add patrols to the areas around the schools and have police officers go inside some schools to investigate.
The pupil recanted his story after detectives went to his school at the end of the day and interviewed him a second time.
The school system decided to go ahead with all after-school activities, including sports, at every school yesterday except Kingsview Middle.