Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

Students in four districts accused of making threats

Taconic High School students in Pittsfield walk out to protest gun violence Taconic High School students in Pittsfield walk out
Melissa Porter | 04 March, 2018, 04:32

The email from the SOMSD stated that the district is planning "to support student participation while also ensuring student safety", and will "provide students with an opportunity to participate in the national observance with activities on school property".

One of the students in that conversation claimed to "have a gun and 100 rounds of ammo" at their home. "Just last week, the fire alarm was pulled at our school, and I immediately thought, 'Parkland.' I thought a student would do the same thing Nikolas Cruz did to get everyone to run in the hallway, and then shoot them".

During each of these incidents, Talent Middle School officials and officers were made aware of the information by students who came forward to make the reports.

Police took the BB gun and assured there are no other firearms in the house.

Cambridge-Greenwich Police Chief George Bell said the 14-year-old made a verbal threat to shoot other students Tuesday and was charged Thursday after a school and police investigation.

Police say the school administration was alerted to a "concerning social media post" on Friday. "@SDSheriff takes any threats to our schools very seriously".

Meyer confirmed he and his son met with authorities Wednesday and he said they asked him not to talk any further with the media while the investigation is underway.

Because of his age, additional details about the student were not released.

The 14-year-old was arrested and charged with crimes including threatening to use a risky weapon, the Middlesex District Attorney's office said.

There were no disruptions to class on Thursday, according to Ontario High School principal Jodi Elizondo. Sarah Vadnais and her classmates at Bismarck High say they're taking whatever steps they can to stop gun violence.

Hefflin added that students should feel comfortable reporting any suspicious behavior to parents or staff.

The threats were made February 18 and the victim reported it to the Palmyra Middle School, which called the police. The participating students who stayed on campus were not disciplined.