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New Hampshire

January 9, 2013

One charged after gunshots put Windham schools on alert

One man is charged for a firearm offense


Caron was hoping police would be able to locate the people using guns and explain to them the concern it was causing for schools.

Windham school business administrator Adam Steel said gun owners may not be doing anything illegal, but are contributing to the level of concern.

“Common sense says they should be a lot farther away from a school in this day and age,” Steel said.

State law prohibits discharging a firearm within 300 feet of a building. But the federal Gun Free School Zones Act of 1995 prohibits possession of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a public or private school.

Yesterday was the fourth time since the fatal student shootings in Sandy Hook, Conn., last month that officials have taken precautionary measures in Windham schools.

On Jan. 2, police investigated a report of gunfire near Golden Brook and Windham Middle schools that resulted in a lockdown at the middle school.

But police Chief Gerald Lewis said police were unable to find the source of the noise or confirm it was gunfire.

On Dec. 20, police were stationed at schools after a possible threat, later deemed not credible, surfaced via social media out of state.

On Dec. 16, students were confined to classrooms at Windham High as police searched the building after a loud bang.

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