Man with umbrella leads to lockdown of Ohio school

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say an elderly man carrying an umbrella that was mistaken for a rifle led to a brief panic and lock-down at a northeast Ohio high school.

Police say an employee at Hudson High School in the Akron area reported the man in a hunting cap carrying what looked like a rifle Wednesday morning.

Principal Brian Wilch told the Akron Beacon Journal (http://bit.ly/VaskJR ) that doors were immediately barricaded and an alert sent to parents.

The lockdown was canceled after the man was located and identified.

Wilch said "everyone is on edge" after the shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school last week that killed 20 children and six adults.

In Medina, south of Cleveland, authorities locked down an elementary school Wednesday morning after an empty shell casing was found.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com