Schools in Mamaroneck, N.Y. were locked down Thursday after a man with a gun showed up at a middle school and tried to get in, officials said.
The man left without incident, officials said.
He tried to access Hommocks Middle School through a side entrance that was locked, and then went to the main entrance, where he was stopped.
A campus worker asked him why he was there and noticed he had a gun, according to an email sent to parents. The man said he had the gun because he works as a security guard.
He said he wanted to retrieve an item of clothing he left in the pool area over the weekend, according to Mamaroneck Police.
Lt. Robert Koziak said the man was described as "pleasant."
He was not allowed in, and left.
Parents were notified that schools were secured, and that afternoon and evening activities had been canceled. The email to parents also said officials expected to have a police presence at schools on Friday.