Trying to spread holiday cheer, Santa in NH scares instead
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In this photograph taken December 15, 2011 a boy cries during a picture session with Santa Claus complete with mock up reindeers and snowman in winter setting inside an upscale mall in Indonesia's capital city of Jakarta. Some commercial centers are decorated for the Christmas season celebration in the world's most populous Muslim country. AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian boys cry as they are pictured with Santa Claus at a kindergarten in Damascus, on December 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO/LOUAI BESHARA (Photo credit should read LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man playing Santa Claus (C) from Finland sits with children at the Hinomoto nursery school in Tokyo on December 9, 2013. The Santa is here as a goodwill ambassador of Finnair until December 27. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
July 17 2010. Santa had a captive crowd save for one, Eric (9 L and hat) , Christian (7 white shirt) Karey Reilly ( blue) Dan Neilsen and the crying youngest Noah (2) who was a little scared of seeing Santa in summer. Santa left Toronto Saturday to head to the World Santa Congress in Copenhagen Denmark but took the chance to hand out some candy to travelers at Pearson. (Rene Johnston/ Toronto Star Staff Photo) (Photo by Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN: A Santa Claus (R) humors a crying baby with a teddy bear after some 200 Santa Claus sang Christmas songs for the charity at a Tokyo hotel, 30 November 2003. Some 200 American charity group members in Santa Claus clad will travel to Asian countries including Hong Kong China, Singapore, and mainland China AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, ISRAEL: A little girl cries in the arms of Santa Claus during the Latin Church Christmas procession in Bethlehem's Manger Square 24 December. (COLOR KEY: Santa wears red.) (Photo credit should read AWAD AWAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Santa Claus grimaces as Molly Powell,8mos., starts to cry after having her picture taken at Park Meadows Mall. Shoppers hit the malls the day after Thanksgiving to catch special prices at retails shops. (Photo By John Leyba/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Iyona Sansbury, 4, of Columbia, South Carolina, thinks about what she wants for Christmas while sitting on Santa's lap at Dutch Square Center, Columbia, South Carolina, Thursday, December 20, 2012. (Tim Dominick/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
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HOLLIS, N.H. (AP) - Police in southern New Hampshire say a man dressed as Santa Claus was only trying to spread some cheer but ended up panicking officials when he knocked on school windows and entered the building.
The Nashua Telegraph reports (http://bit.ly/J1Uxog ) that administrators at the Hollis Primary School called police around 10 a.m. Thursday after they saw the man running around the school, tapping on windows and waving at students.
He was buzzed into the building but fled when he saw a look of alarm on a staffer's face.
Other schools and parents were notified and kids were kept inside for recess.
The man has contacted police to say he was only trying to spread "holiday cheer" and didn't mean to cause panic. Police aren't identifying him because he wasn't charged.