Increased police presence at Wallingford, Southington schools Thursday

Increased police presence at Wallingford, Southington schools Thursday

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There was an increased police presence at schools in Wallingford and Southington Thursday after separate threats were made Wednesday. Police and school officials eventually concluded that the threats were not credible. 

In Wallingford, an inappropriate message found written on a Sheehan High School whiteboard Wednesday prompted a police presence at the school. Lt. Cheryl Bradley said security was heightened at Sheehan throughout the day and officers remained at the school until after-school activities concluded.

The incident is under investigation, Bradley said.

In an email to parents Wednesday, Sheehan Principal Rosemary Duthie said school officials and police investigated to “determine the origin of the message and validity of the comments.”

“Based on our current findings, there does not appear to be any reason for concern,” Duthie wrote.

Duthie said the school remains “dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students and staff.”

Authorities were also at Southington High School Thursday morning after someone posted a statement on social media saying they will bring a gun to “SHS tomorrow.”

Police investigated the post and determined the threat was not credible, School Superintendent Tim Connellan wrote in an email to parents Thursday morning. 

Connellan said police believe the post “originated somewhere in the Midwest and was attaching to schools in a number of areas of the country with the ‘SHS’ abbreviation, therefore the connection to Southington High School.”

The name of the person who posted the threat “does not match any current student enrolled in the Southington Public Schools,” Connellan wrote. 

“As we all know, information posted on social media should always be viewed and interpreted with caution,” Connellan wrote. “As of now, this incident appears to be another in a series of inappropriate and senseless comments in the wake of the terrible events in Florida.”


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