Police upping patrols at Stratford schools Monday after online threat

STRATFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Extra police officers will be patrolling at several Stratford schools Monday after an online threat was made Friday night.

Stratford police received a call around 9 p.m. Friday reporting a possible threat to Stratford High School, Wooster Middle School or Fairchild Wheeler Magnet School.

The report came from an 8th grade Wooster student, who apparently told police that the “threat” was in a group message on the KIK messenger app named “Never be afraid to die.”

According to police, there were 27 kids, primarily 8th graders from Stratford and Bridgeport, in the chat. The students mention in the group message that there will be a school shooting at one of the three schools on Feb. 8 since school was closed Friday due to the snow.

An 8th grade Wooster student apparently found and reposted an Instagram post about a possible shooting at a Manchester school, police say. Officers determined that the “threat” was actually a copy of a threat received at a high school in Ohio on Jan. 28 that closed the school and sent three students home.

Police say this is an unsubstantiated threat that is going around on social media and that no direct threats were made by any of these students targeting the Stratford schools.

Police will have extra patrols at the schools on Monday as a precaution. School resource officers are aware of the situation and will continue to speak to the students involved in feeding the rumor.

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