Feb. 28 — Superintendent Colleen Palmer said school will be in session today, the day after a threatening note was found at Weston High School. Police are carrying on an active criminal investigation, and have a male juvenile person of interest in the case.
Feb. 27, 11 p.m. — Police Chief John Troxell said a juvenile male is a “person of interest” in the case, and the department is following leads.
The Weston Police Department is investigating a threatening note that was found today in a hallway at Weston High School that resulted in the school going into lockdown and being evacuated.
According to statements from police, the event unfolded as follows:
During late morning, around lunchtime, an officer assigned at Weston High School was alerted by a staff member about a handwritten note found in a hallway. While not specific to any particular student or staff member, the note made reference to harming 25 students and staff in general.
As a precautionary measure and to ensure the safety and security of students and staff, a decision was made to initiate a lockdown.
Mutual aid from Wilton and Easton as well as the Connecticut state police was requested.
Escorted by police and school staff, students were evacuated to the Weston Middle School and Weston Intermediate School. They were sent home on buses, and all after-school activities were canceled.
There was no lockdown at the town’s other three schools.
The Connecticut State Police Emergency Services Unit K9 Division conducted a bomb sweep and assisted with a search for evidence at the high school. Upon determining that the facility was secure, the lockdown was lifted.
As part of an ongoing investigation, forensics experts are examining all evidence, including the handwritten note.
Police have classified this as a criminal investigation, and are asking persons with any information to contact Weston Police Detective Carl Filsinger at 203-222-2639 or email [email protected]