BREAKING NEWS: Overnight Snapchat Threat to Middlebrook by Student Investigated, Found ‘Not Credible’ [UPDATED]
BREAKING NEWS: Sept. 13, 2019, 7 a.m–Wilton school officials had to send an alarming sounding email to Middlebrook School families this morning, with news about an overnight investigation into a threat of violence toward the school made by a student on social media.
Fortunately, the threat was determined to be ‘not credible,’ according to an email from principal Lauren Feltz, who reassured parents that the school would address the event with students today.
Feltz wrote that the Wilton Police Department “responded immediately” with an investigation overnight, and determined that at no time was the safety of the school community at risk.
Apparently, during a Snapchat conversation among approximately 30 Middlebrook students, a threatening comment was made by a student. “Wilton police identified the student, went to the home, and determined that the threat was not credible.”
She adds that the school will follow protocols as it responds.
The text of the email is below.
GOOD Morning Wilton will update the story accordingly as more information becomes available.
“Dear Middlebrook Family,
“As you know, student safety is our highest priority. Therefore, we are vigilant and respond when a concern arises. I am writing to share information about a matter that the Wilton Police Department investigated during the overnight hours. I want to reassure you that the Wilton Police Department responded immediately and determined that at no time were the safety or well-being of our school community at risk.
“Early this morning we learned through the Wilton Police Department that during a Snapchat conversation among approximately thirty Middlebrook students, one student made a comment suggesting a threat of violence toward the school. The Wilton police identified the student, went to the home, and determined that the threat was not credible. Rest assured that our school district will follow its protocols as we respond to this incident.
“At school today, we will review ways that Middlebrook students can share concerns either directly with a trusted adult or anonymously through our tip line. We will also revisit and emphasize the many ways that students who are feeling worried or distressed during the school day can access support from any trusted staff member, from members of our administrative team and mental health department. I encourage you to extend these conversations into your home to articulate avenues your children can access if they see or hear something of concern.
“We extend our gratitude to the Wilton Police Department for their vigilance and responsiveness. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.