Student Arrested After Threat at Ansonia High School Causes Lockdown, Early Dismissal

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Ansonia Police said a teen has been arrested in connection with a threat that prompted a lockdown and early dismissal at the town's high school Monday.

Officials said a 14-year-old student at Ansonia High School faces charges after he allegedly made a threat towards the school on social media.

District officials said the school was in lockdown while the threat was investigated.

A school resource officer at the high school was made aware of the threat at approximately 11 a.m., police said. Shortly after, students were dismissed early, with the help of the Ansonia Board of Education.

Authorities have not released details about what the threat specifically said.

Officers were at other schools in Ansonia out of an abundance of caution, police said. They said the threat was an isolated incident.

“Ansonia Public Schools, in collaboration with the Ansonia Police Department, will not tolerate any behaviors/actions that put our students, staff, and community at risk. Today’s response was to an Ansonia student’s actions; swift and immediate action will be taken - the appropriate consequences will be administered up to and including expulsion and arrest," Superintendent Joseph DiBacco said in a statement.

The 14-year-old faces charges including first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. He has been referred to juvenile authorities, according to police.

Threats at several schools in multiple cities and towns across Connecticut have prompted lockdowns in recent weeks.

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