Police are investigating after a bus carrying students from Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden was shot at by a BB gun this morning, authorities said.
According to police, the bus was driving carpentry students from the high school to a work site when the incident occurred. BBs struck the bus around 10 a.m. near the intersection of East Main Street and Preston Avenue.
No one was injured but a bus window was cracked, according to Meriden Police Lt. Sal Nesci.
The school posted the following safety alert on its website Tuesday:
Dear Wilcox Community,
In an effort to inform parents and community stakeholders, I am passing this message on to you. At the onset, I want each of you to know that I am concerned, however, the students are safe and the Meriden police have assured us that a thorough investigation will be conducted. It appears to be an isolated incident. The incident happened on a street in Meriden not on school grounds. At approximately 10:00 AM the Wilcox Tech Carpentry bus was allegedly struck by BB’s in Meriden, CT . The police were immediately called. There is damage to the windows on the bus. The school is actively addressing student and parent concerns. We are all working together to ensure the well-being of our school community at this time.
I certainly think the school property on Oregon Road is very safe but as any prudent administrator would do, I have stepped up our security team and have required custodians and staff to lock all exterior doors and to student monitor traffic until the close of school today.
The high school principal said police were on the scene within moments of the incident and school officials enacted a screening process for all people arriving on school grounds.
The school day continued on scheduled and students were released at the normal time.