WALLINGFORD — Two Sheehan High School students have been charged following separate incidents at the school last week.
A 15-year-old female student was charged after allegedly writing an inappropriate message on a classroom whiteboard last week. Police say she confessed to writing the message “out of frustration, and she was writing her personal feelings out.
The student was issued a summons to appear in New Haven Superior Court and was suspended from school.
Police learned the threatening whiteboard message was written after school on Tuesday, Feb. 20, in a classroom used for media students. The message was seen by several students, but not reported and erased prior to the start of school Wednesday morning, police said. The message was not directed to anyone in specific.
Police also arrested a 16-year-old Sheehan High School male student for breach of peace on Monday, Wallingford Police Lt. Michael Colavolpe said in a statement. The student yelled an alarming statement while walking by a classroom at dismissal time Friday, police said. The comment, alleged to be “take cover,” disrupted a class and caused students to secure the classroom door.
Menzo said in a statement to parents, “I am pleased that in collaboration with the Wallingford Police Department, we have resolved the issues of last week at Sheehan High School. While no educator enters the profession with the goal of disciplining students, we must always balance this need with our ultimate goal to help all students learn from such circumstances.”
“As we continue to reflect on what happened in Parkland, Florida, I want to ask that all families please share with your children the severity of making comments or posting anything that may appear to be a threat and result in a significant disruption to the school environment,” Menzo said in an email to parents. He said incidents will continue to be investigated by the school district and the police, so if culpability is found, the “highest level of consequence is enforced which could include expulsion for an entire school year.”
Sheehan High School Principal Rosemary Duthie informed parents and students of the incident Friday, adding that the incident would be “pursued to the maximum extent allowable” and was being taken very seriously by both the administration and the police.
Cheshire Police arrested a Cheshire High School student last week with first-degree threatening and increased their presence at the school this Monday. Superintendent Jeff Solan said the student charged with threatening made “serious” but generic threats that didn’t identify other students or schools.