HOLLIS, N.H. (CBS/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.

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.

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The Associated Press reports that he was actually buzzed into the building but took off running when he saw a look of alarm on a staffer’s face.

Police responded as a precaution, and other schools and parents were notified and kids were kept inside for recess.

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Officials said in a news release that the man has contacted police a couple hours later to say he was only trying to spread “holiday cheer without understanding the possible perception and reaction that followed.”

Police say the man is a resident of the town, but they aren’t identifying him because he wasn’t charged with any crimes.

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