Police presence at three Wallingford schools after non-credible threat posted on social media

Police presence at three Wallingford schools after non-credible threat posted on social media



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WALLINGFORD — Police increased their presence at three east side schools Wednesday after a “non-credible threat” was posted on social media.

Police were notified about the threat just before 7 p.m. Tuesday, said police spokeswoman Lt. Cheryl Bradley. A woman reported her daughter was on Snapchat and saw a section of a map posted of the east side of town with the message “I’m going to murder someone,” Bradley said.

The message, which was posted anonymously around 1 p.m. Tuesday, did not name a specific location and has since been taken down.

As a precaution, police increased their presence at Stevens Elementary School, Dag Hammarskjöld Middle School and Lyman Hall High School, which were within the range of the map posted on the message. 

School Superintendent Salvatore Menzo sent an email to parents about the incident. 

“While we know this is very concerning, the Wallingford Police Department does not see this as a credible threat,” Menzo said in the message. “However, out of an abundance of caution, there will be police presence at all three schools today. The Wallingford Police Department does not believe there is an actual threat, but we do want to have the officers visible to provide a greater sense of security for students and staff.”

Menzo said the phones at Lyman Hall were partially down on Wednesday. Calls could be made out of the school but incoming calls were not received. It was not clear why phones were down.

Menzo said the school system takes these incidents seriously. If a local student or students are found to have been involved, they will be held responsible to the “highest extent we can,” he added.

lsellew@record-journal.com

203-317-2225

Twitter: @LaurenSellewRJ


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