Student at Center of Lockdown Apologizes

Nov 5, 2013

David Kyem was charged with breach of peace.
Credit New Britain Police Department

A 21-year-old student at Central Connecticut State University is apologizing for actions that led to a three-hour lockdown on campus Monday. David Kyem, the son of a CCSU geography professor, told The Hartford Courant that he’s sorry for the fear and confusion. Kyem was arrested and charged with breach of peace, and then released on $1,000 bail.

Several 911 calls reporting a man armed with what appeared to be a sword, and possibly a gun, set off a school-wide lockdown on the CCSU campus Monday.

University police responded, along with members of the New Britain police department, FBI, homeland security, and neighboring police departments. Officers used surveillance cameras and key card access records to find Kyem in a school dormitory.

"You don't really know what to make of anything, so you'd hear a noise and get freaked out, thinking it was somebody coming into our room," said Riannin Fahey, a sophomore at CCSU.

Apparently Kyem was wearing a Halloween costume that included a tactical vest, holster, and what appeared to be a handgun. The campus is open for classes today.