Gun threat rumor at Norwalk High School

School addresses issue on Facebook.
Joe Centers
May 6, 2014

 

Any time there is the rumor of a threat to the safety of our children in our schools, don't hesitate to call our schools. There is currently a rumor running rampant on Facebook regarding a possible threat. The alleged threat was investigated by the Norwalk Police Department and addressed. We appreciate any communication from our community regarding the safety of our students. Thank you.

— Norwalk High School Facebook.

Comments

oh my oh my

Why were people not notified of the threat before school started? I was not too happy finding out via a text message during 1st period. In fact I was pi$$ed. Why didn't police go and arrest the kid instead of having 6 officers running around the school? Of course, I might not have the right information since the school stayed quiet about it.

In my opinon

Didn't you just love it, they couldn't inform parents of a threat, but didn't forget to communicate and encourage everyone to vote for the levy! "PRIORITIES"

FeAr

Being a student at Norwalk High, this threat was solved before the school day even began this morning. And to counter oh my and opinion's arguments, the supposed shooter was not at school. I am not entirely sure as to why he was not, meaning whether he was detained at the police department or at home. Either way, he was detained (by the police) and yes, there were numerous officers on campus to safeguard the school WHILE the suspect was being detained. And opinion....the levy has nothing to do with this (again, the situation arose late last night) but then again, the levy is passing considerably now so there's that ;) plus the informing of parents through say automated phone system could have simply caused a mass panic that was not entirely needed since the situation was solved before the school day began. There were already a large number of absences from pupils who blew the situation way out of proportion and caused a disruption in classes and learning, which was worse than the actual threat of violence itself.

oh my oh my

FeAr, First let's be glad the problem was taken care of. As to the way it was handled, you are only seeing things through the eyes of a student. As a parent, I have a different perspective of what happened. When it comes to safety you can't take chances. If the problem was handled before school started, then why were so many officers still at the school? Both of my kids are in the high school and they told me a different version of what you say happened. As a parent, I think they should have used the automated phone system. That's what it is for. There is no way you could have said with certainty that there was no threat at the time before school started.

FeAr

The reason that the police were on campus was that nobody knew the full extent of the incident. It was not yet clear whether or not the suspect was going to act alone or whether there was more than one involved. The police were serving as a security force so that the parents would at least have some comfort in the safety and well-being of their children, which it obviously did not. Again, the incident was blown way out of proportion as the "suspect" was being bullied and said he was going to hurt someone. In that respect, yes the incident should have been reported and dealt with, but not in this manner. The rumor spread, and everyone added their own twist to it. One person said that they were going to get hurt and told someone, then that person said everyone was going to get hurt and told someone else, and the chain continued. This is all about kids making a story about themselves. It was obvious when you looked on Twitter that the majority of students were being totally melodramatic and playing up the "poor me" role.

In my opinon

@Fear..You you said in your first post the threat was solved then contradicted yourself by saying "The reason that the police were on campus was that nobody knew the full extent of the incident. It was not yet clear whether or not the suspect was going to act alone or whether there was more than one involved." So there still was a degree of threat. PARENTS should have been notified!!

slimshell

As a parent I didn't like the fact that I received a text message from my son informing me of cops being there because of a threat. I was worried because nothing was done from the school. I understand they didn't want parents to panic... but guess what... it cause more panic because of the not knowing.