A disgruntled mother is being held at the Huron County Jail in connection with threatening to shoot a Christie Lane School and Workshop faculty member Friday.
Shirley J. Dennison, 66, of 120 N. Pleasant St., Apt. 4C, was charged with inducing panic in connection with the telephone threat.
If convicted of the fourth-degree felony, she faces six to 18 months behind bars, a $5,000 maximum fine plus community control sanctions.
"The defendant said she was going to shoot one of the faculty members," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. The prosecutor said the threat was over a disagreement Dennison had with a policy about her son, but declined to elaborate.
Norwalk Police Chief Kevin Cashen described Dennison as "frustrated and angry" over the school's case plan for her 47-year-old son. "(She) made inappropriate comments that caused Christie Lane to respond in a manner safe for all the clients and staff," he said.
Officials locked down the South Norwalk Road school per protocol until five Norwalk officers arrived and determined there was no danger, Sgt. David Lichoff wrote in his report. Dispatchers received the call at 2:59 p.m.
"At no time were the students or staff of Christie Lane in any type of danger," Lichoff wrote without elaborating. "Since it was end of the school day, the students were placed on their respective buses and sent home without incident."
The police report indicates the last officer left Christie Lane after about 1 1/2 hours. O'Hara said the school wasn't in any danger because nobody was at the school with a gun.
Police found Dennison at her home, interviewed her and then booked her into the jail at 6:20 p.m. The defendant must post a $5,000 bond before being released.
Christie Lane Superintendent Dee Zeffiro-Krenisky was unavailable for comment this morning. The case remains under investigation.