Wallingford police charge teen after ‘alarming message’ posted to Snapchat

Wallingford police charge teen after ‘alarming message’ posted to Snapchat



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WALLINGFORD — A student was charged after police said an alarming message was posted on social media.

The 17-year-old, who was not identified by police, was charged with second-degree breach of peace.

Lt. Cheryl Bradley said police learned of an “alarming message” posted to the social media platform Snapchat during the overnight hours. The person in the message expressed his annoyance with Lyman Hall High School, she said.

Police identified, interviewed and charged the student with assistance from Wallingford Public Schools.

Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo said the student was not on school property Friday and “is not allowed on school property at this time.”

“Administration will now work with the Board of Education to ensure policy is followed, and the matter is addressed in a serious and swift manner,” he said in a statement.

Menzo said communication regarding the incident was initially delayed because school administrators felt they needed to wait until an arrest was made. He added there was no immediate threat to Lyman Hall students or staff.

On Thursday, Southington school administrators and police began investigating a separate incident involving a video containing racial and violent language that was originally posted on Snapchat and shared on Twitter.

Police said the video was made by a Southington High School student. Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Friday no charges have been filed in the incident. Police are speaking with other people involved, including those in the original group chat where the video was sent.

— Bryan Lipiner


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