STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A mother has been arrested after her son brought a grenade to his school.
His class at Johnson Academy was having a World War II “show and tell” when he brought in the grenade. It was a gift from the boy’s grandfather, who said it was a dud.
The school was place on lockdown Friday and the students evacuated while a bomb squad determined whether or not it was real.
Forty-four-year-old Lisa Miguel has been charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.
“The students were encouraged that if they had any World War II memorabilia from any family members from that era to bring that in,” said Stratford police Capt. Paul DosSantos. “However, we were told that the teacher did specify safe items.”
Police say Miguel was apologetic and had no idea this particular grenade was dangerous.
“It could combust or cause property damage and harm to people within a 15- to 20-foot radius,” DosSantos said.
Parents had a mixed reaction.
“It’s not like the kids were in danger or anything,” Velma Bailey said. “The school is a good school and the principal is always on top of things.”
“I don’t think she should’ve been arrested,” said Tamara Francis. “I think maybe they should’ve had some sort of counseling or taken into custody for questioning.”
Miguel was released on a promise to appear in court June 17.