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Stamford youth accused of social media school threat

November 16, 2018 GMT

STAMFORD — A 12-year-old city student faces charges after police say he made a social media threat this week involving Sillmeadow Elementary School.

Lt. Tom Scanlon said the boy faces threatening and breach of peace charges. Scanlon said police determined the youth’s Instagram post was not credible.

In an email to parents, Stillmeadow Principal Angela Asaro said police presence was heightened Wednesday at the school for its Community Open House “out of an abundance of caution.”

Scanlon declined to comment about the details of the threat and would not say if the youth was a boy or girl. He said the youth lives in Stamford, but is not a Stillmeadow student.

Police executed a search warrant of the boy’s home on Thursday and determined the youth posted two messages. Scanlon said the first inferred something would happen and the second was a direct threat. The youth’s family cooperated with investigators and were “appalled” by the child’s posts, Scanlon said.

“We jumped on this very quickly,” he said. “The department takes these threats very seriously and we put the major crimes squad on the investigation and they were able to determine what happened very quickly.”

jnickerson@stamfordadvocate.com