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Parents get answers following bomb threat at Sandy Hook Elementary

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About 75 parents attend meeting after bomb threat at Sandy Hook Elementary About 75 parents attend meeting after bomb threat at Sandy Hook Elementary
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe was evacuated on Wednesday. (WFSB photo) Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe was evacuated on Wednesday. (WFSB photo)
Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe are being bused home after police said a threat was called into the school. Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe are being bused home after police said a threat was called into the school.
There was a police presence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe on Wednesday. There was a police presence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe on Wednesday.
MONROE, CT (WFSB) -

A threatening call caused the evacuation at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe on Wednesday morning, authorities said.

However, nothing suspicious was found after a sweep of the building, police said.

The threat was called into the school located on Fan Hill Road at about 9:30 a.m., where the secretary took the call. Students were moved to neighboring school at about 10:40 a.m. and eventually sent home for the day.

About 75 parents attended a public meeting meant to discuss what happened on Wednesday and to answer the questions and concerns of parents.

At the meeting, Superintendent Joseph Erardi said dozens of parents went to the school after the threat was made to pick up their children, saying that was how "disruptive it was today."

Erardi also said that the students did not know about the threat that was made.

"The meeting this evening was an opportunity for us to enhance our protocol and to share with out parents that the building is safe and students will learn and teachers will teach," Erardi said.

These are many of the same students and teachers who were inside Sandy Hook on the day of the shootings back in 2012. They said that bomb threat caused painful memories to resurface.

“It's just a sad state that our community can't go back to where we were, not that we'll ever get back to that point,” said Dorrie Carolan, of Newtown.

Bomb threats happen in many schools, but at this school, it just seemed to hurt even more.

“The entire nation grieved when Sandy Hook incident occurred and we all really feel for the kids,” said Bill Byrum, of Newtown.

The Newtown community is saddened by what happened, but not allowing it to hurt their recovery.

"I think rather than take a step back, I think it will give people even more resolve to ensure the safety of the children,” Byrum said.

Besides an automated phone call, a message was also sent to Monroe parents informing them about the threat and telling them that they will be kept up-to-date on any developments.

Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School are attending the former Chalk Hill Middle School in Monroe after a shooting at Sandy Hook in December 2012. Twenty-six students and staff were killed by a gunman.

The mother of Vicki Soto, one of the victims killed at Sandy Hook, wrote on her Facebook that Wednesday's bomb threat was “reprehensible.”

"We are saddened to know that the students and faculty of Sandy Hook have to relive this nightmare again. These children and teachers have been through enough and for you to take a selfish action, to make a phone call for your enjoyment is reprehensible,” Vicki's mother Donna Soto said.

The school principal spoke at the meeting and said Thursday will go on as a regular school day and will be 100 percent safe.

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