Staples Student Accused of Threatening to Shoot Teacher Arrested

Westport police have arrested a Staples High School student who is accused of threatening to shoot a teacher last month and said he had thoughts of executing a mass shooting.

The investigation started on Feb. 27. School officials called police at 9 a.m. that day after one student overheard another who was making threats to shoot a teacher, police said. When officers arrived, school administrators were questioning the student accused of making the threat.

Police said that based on the information school administrators learned, they determined the student did have thoughts of executing a mass shooting at the high school.

When authorities went to the student’s home, they found several weapons, including firearms locked in a safe, police said. The weapons belong to the student’s father, but officers could not confirm at the time whether all of the firearms were accounted for.

Police said they were working to get inside another home that is out of state, where the child’s father had several other firearms.

Westport Police Department Detective and Youth Bureaus investigated and police obtained a warrant.

On Tuesday morning, the boy turned himself in at police headquarters and has been charged with second-degree threatening. He was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center in Bridgeport.

Police have not released his name because of his age.

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