Middletown police have charged a local man with breach of peace after he went to a local elementary school to ask about security and mentioned the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to police.
Police responded to the Moody School on Country Club Road just before 11:30 a.m. on Friday to investigate a report of suspicious activity.
Police said officials from the school were visibly upset and told officers that a man had come to the school about half an hour earlier and asked “How secure is the school?” according to police.
School representatives told police they did not know the man and were alarmed because of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School three weeks earlier.
The school principal went to talk to him.
“Who are you, the big guns?” he asked, according to police.
Then he asked if she should carry a gun like in Texas and mentioned the Newtown school shooting, according to police. School officials asked the man to leave and he left.
School officials provided license plate information, which eventually led police to Robert Manning, 66, of Middletown, who told police he had gone to the Moody School to see if security measures had been increased since the shooting in Newtown, according to police.
As police were speaking to Manning, he told officers that he had family members who work in and attend schools in Meriden, police said.
When officers asked why he did not go to one of those schools, he said the Moody School is closest to his house and he did not want to embarrass family members.
He then went on to say that he did not feel like there was anything wrong with going to the school and asking the questions he did, according to police.
Police issued a misdemeanor summons charging Manning with breach of peace in the second degree because of the panic the incident caused, according to a report from police, and told him not to return to Moody School.