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Concerning call leads to lockdown at Amherst elementary school

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AMHERST, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -
An emergency call that someone's at a school with a weapon comes into one local elementary school.
Fort River Elementary School in Amherst immediately went into lockdown until Amherst Police deemed the scene to be safe. 
Parents and faculty said that it was a scary morning here at that Amherst school.  However, one student tells us that he felt very safe and thought his teacher handled it all well. 
Amherst Police said that just before 11:30 a.m. Friday, a call came into the office to Fort River Elementary School that stated "This is not a drill.  Someone is on campus with a weapon."
The school promptly went into lockdown and children into hiding. 
It turned out that the call came from Hamilton College in New York where a suspected intruder was roaming around campus. 
Someone who works in the office is connected to the college and put down the school as an emergency contact/
Since the college was in lockdown, an automatic call went straight to the elementary school. 
Amherst Police searched the premises and deemed the scene to be safe.  The normal school day then resumed as scheduled. 
The students at both the elementary school and Hamilton College are okay. 

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