Norwalk schools to keep increased security following threatening message

A police officer directs traffic as buses pick up students during dismissal at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Conn. Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Norwalk Public Schools increased the police presence across the district on Oct. 18 following the report of a threatening message found at the high school over the weekend.

A police officer directs traffic as buses pick up students during dismissal at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Conn. Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Norwalk Public Schools increased the police presence across the district on Oct. 18 following the report of a threatening message found at the high school over the weekend.

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NORWALK — The city’s schools will keep a heightened police presence at its buildings on Tuesday as the investigation into the source of threatening messages found over the weekend at Brien McMahon High School continues.

“To ensure that all students and staff feel safe, the district and the (Norwalk Police Department) will continue taking extra precautions with school security tomorrow and throughout the week,” read an email sent to parents from the school district on Monday.

On Sunday evening, a student notified a school administrator about a possible threatening message at the high school. The district immediately notified police and decided to implement additional protocols at all school buildings on Monday “out of an abundance of caution,” according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.

Norwalk schools and the police department are working together to conduct a “collaborative threat assessment process to determine whether a threat is credible, the email read. The assessment was ongoing as of Monday afternoon.

“As always, safety and security are our primary concern. It is important that we remember to ‘See Something, Say Something,’” the district wrote.

The district encouraged students and parents to contact a school administrator or teacher if they are worried about a fellow student or something they have seen. Secondary students and their parents can also share these tips on the Anonymous Alerts app.

The threatening message at Brien McMahon was the second safety concern reported at the schools in less than a week.

Local police received a call last Thursday reporting shots fired at Roton Middle School. The department later determined the call was a hoax. The person responsible was identified, and an investigation is underway with the school district, according to the department.

The district encouraged families to reach out to their child’s school principal if they feed in need of extra support. Principals will work to connect children and their families to a school or district counselor.

“We know that news like this can be distressing for students, particularly after the past year of COVID-related issues,” the email read.

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