SHERBRORN, Mass. (WHDH) -
Students were released after a 90-minute lockdown at Pine Hills Elementary School in Sherborn Wednesday.
Students were outside having a field day to celebrate the second to last day of the school year when, according to parents, a man that appeared to be carrying a gun was spotted in the woods.
“Two of our students saw what they thought to be a male subject in the rear of the building, in the woods behind the building, and he appeared to be carrying a firearm," Steven Bliss, Dover-Sherborn Superintendent, said.
Students at the school were brought inside and students farther away were brought to the Sherborn Fire Department where they were kept inside while police searched the area.
The Massachusetts State Police Air Wing joined the search with troopers on the ground who spent several hours searching the woods.
Parents said they are happy with the way the school notified them of the incident and kept their kids safe.
“I think it’s the reality of the world we live in. You always assume your school is safe and you expect it to be safe. I think there’s always a presence out there and you have to react to it,” Jim Dillon, a parent, said.
Parents said some of the younger children were scared as police searched the entire building and surrounding woods, but they're happy about the way officials responded.