Increased police presence at Southington High School

Published on Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:05


SOUTHINGTON - Southington High School saw an increased police presence on Thursday for the second straight day after threats were directed at the school - the most recent involving a student saying he would bring a gun to school.

Police said the student, who has not been identified, “became upset” on Wednesday, at about 1:30 p.m., “and said that he was going to bring a gun to school the following day.”

During the investigation, according to police, the student admitted that he made the comment and that he knew it was wrong. He also said he never had any intention of bringing a weapon to school, police said.

The student was referred to the juvenile court.

Later in the day on Wednesday, police said, School Superintendent Tim Connellan contacted officers after two parents expressed concerns about the threat that was made.

“The investigation found no credible threat to the school,” police Lt. Stephen Elliott said.

“An increased police presence will be at Southington High School as a precaution and to alleviate anxiety on the students and staff and so that the school may continue in a positive educational environment,” Elliott said, referring to Thursday.

The addition of officers on Wednesday came a day after the superintendent “received information from two parents that there was a possible threat against Southington High School,” according to police. Police investigated and found that it surfaced during a private social media conversation.

Investigators determined that there was “no credible threat” and that the rumors were related to a social media post last week that was racially insensitive and allegedly posted by a student.

The threat on Thursday was not related to the rumors of a threat a day earlier.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:05. Updated: Thursday, 20 December 2018 21:07.