On Friday morning GHS headmaster Ralph Mayo emailed parents to say that this past week school had been informed by both a parent and through students via the anonymous alert system of a threat to the school.
Mayo said the Greenwich Police were immediately contacted and conducted an investigation as did the high school administration.
“The threat was deemed not credible,” he said, adding, “The administration would like to thank all those who have communicated their concerns to us and would ask that you continue to do so in order to keep our school safe.”
The Anonymous Alerts system was implemented several years ago and allow students or parents to submit an anonymous report online of any suspicious activity, bullying or other student related issues.
Students had reason to be on edge this week.
On Wednesday during lunch block a Chromebook briefly caught fire. The fire alarm was pulled by the Assistant Headmaster. The Greenwich Fire Dept and Greenwich Police Dept came and took control of the device. The 5 houses, D building, and media center briefly evacuated. Some students went to the nurse because of the fumes. Others were treated by EMTs from the GEMS ambulance. No one went to the hospital, though some students called parents to go home. The incident is under investigation. Headmaster Mayo said the fire started when a Chromebook was handled inappropriately by several students.
On Thursday at Saugus High School in Santa Clara, CA, a student drew a gun from his backpack and opened fire, resulting in two deaths. The assailant shot himself in the head and is in critical condition.