Norwalk HS student says he was blamed for recent lockdown

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A Norwalk High School student with autism says he is being blamed for a lockdown at the school last week, and that he doesn't want to return.

Owen Lynch, 17, says he's been bullied by students and adults over the gun scare last Tuesday.

Lynch, who is a junior, says his picture was shown on Snapchat, referring to him as an alleged school shooter. The picture prompted a shelter-in-place order at the school, but no gun was found.

Lynch says he hasn't been back to school since and that he does not plan on returning.

"Just because I'm a little different, I'm not going to one day walk into the school with a gun because I'm not going to talk to anybody. Not because I don't like interacting with you  [or]  because I feel uncomfortable. I just don't feel like I was rightfully portrayed by this," he says.  

Lynch's mother is pushing for out-of-district placement and said she would be at the Common Council meeting Tuesday night.

The school district says there is an investigation underway, and it is thinking about teaching cyber etiquette to students.

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