Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gunman holds hostage US school principal: official

NEW YORK — A gunman took hostage a high school principal Tuesday in Pine Plains, New York, but no students were thought to be at immediate risk, a town official said.

Gregg Pulver, town supervisor in the rural village about two hours' drive north of New York City, told CNN television that police had taken control of the school and entered into contact with the gunman, who was confined to a small area with his hostage.

"They have him isolated. The students are in their classrooms, are locked down. You know, there are police in the building. They are safe at this point in time," Pulver said.

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