UPDATE #2: Greenwich Police said that the student who spotted the message mentioning a weapon on Thursday immediately contacted a teacher, and GPD was called to respond to the school to investigate.
Captain Mark Zuccerella said the School Resource Officer and School Administrators rapidly assessed the situation and identified the responsible student before all the officers were on scene. At no time was the building placed in lockdown.
“The marked patrol units that responded to the Greenwich High School was done out of an abundance of caution,” Zuccerella said. “At no time were other students or staff in any danger.”
He added that GPD were grateful to the student for their quick actions in reporting theincident to GHS staff.
“‘See something, say something’ is not just a saying,” Zuccerella added.
“The Greenwich Police Department and the Greenwich Public Schools have an established relationship based on trust and teamwork. The relationship that exists played a big part in this incident being resolved quickly and safely,” said Captain Zuccerella. “The safety and security of the students in the Town of Greenwich always will be our greatest priority.”
The incident is being investigated by the Special Victim Section.
UPDATE #1: At 3:12pm, A second update to GHS families from Greenwich Schools Superintendent Dr.Toni Jones and GHS headmaster Ralph Mayo explained that the reason for the police presence earlier in the day was in response to a “concerning message” a student spotted on the wall that included a reference to a weapon.
“The student immediately reported what they saw, and School Administration notified police,” Jones and Mayo wrote. “Chief Heavey dispatched Detectives to the building and they were onsite to investigate the situation.”
Mayo and Jones said the threat was not deemed credible and at no point was the building placed on lockdown.
The student responsible for writing the message was identified and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
“We realize it may be unnerving for students and/or staff to see an unplanned police presence at school, and we have mental health services and personnel ready to connect with anyone who may need it,” Jones and Mayo wrote.
Jones and Mayo thanked Greenwich Police for their quick response and their swift action, as well as the student who came forward to report the incident.
“The safety and security of our students and staff remains our greatest priority,” they wrote.
Original story, 1:30pm: Greenwich High School parents were informed by the GHS headmaster Ralph Mayo and Superintendent Dr. Toni Jones on Thursday just after 1:00pm that there was a situation at the high school requiring Greenwich Police Dept response.
“A student reported a potential safety issue and police were immediately dispatched to the building out of an abundance of caution,” May and Jones wrote. “This note is meant to inform parents as there are police vehicles outside of GHS. However, students and staff are safe and learning is continuing. Police are currently investigating the incident and the building is not on lockdown.”
Parents were asked not to come to the school and reminded that the campus is closed to visitors.
They said more information would be emailed later in the day, and police were expected to remain on campus for the remainder of the day.
This story will be updated when more information becomes available.