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Social media threat aimed at East Lyme

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East Lyme Police Department. (WFSB photo) East Lyme Police Department. (WFSB photo)

A person claimed to be a victim of bullying posted a threat to the social media site Yik Yak toward the town of East Lyme. 

State police said the threat against East Lyme is being taken seriously and now, police are promising extra patrols once winter break ends Monday.

The threat, which was discovered on Christmas Eve, stated that East Lyme “better get ready for the hail of bullets. I've been bullied so long and after break I'm going to let all my anger out.”

The remarks appear to have been removed from the app's site, but there are other comments referencing it.

Police confirmed that the girl's basketball game at the high school on Monday night was canceled due to the threat.

East Lyme police are working with Connecticut State Police and the FBI Cyber Crime Unit to pinpoint whoever posted the threat. 

This is the second incident in Connecticut involving comments on the Yik Yak service.

On Dec. 22, a bomb threat was made at Southington High School. It led to the evacuation of the building.

Investigators continue to look into both cases. Eyewitness News has learned there were similar reports across the country with threats being posted on the popular social media site.

Any threat like the one reported earlier this week has hit close to home for Jordan Treichel, who works in East Lyme. 

"I remember my senior year there was like a bomb threat our last day actually," Treichel said. 

Though the East Lyme Public Schools were not directly targeted in the threat, Superintendent James Lombardo said they are taking the matter "seriously" and "working closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to assist them in their investigation." They are working on a plan to better ensure the safety of their students, teachers and staff. 

"At the present time, we are not publicizing the details of our security plan in order to make certain that the plan addresses the most current information we have before the opening of schools on January 5. I expect to send you an additional letter before the end of the week regarding the matte," Lombardo said in a letter to parents on Monday. 

Lombardo advised parents to talk to their children about threats on Yik Yak and asked monitor their social media communications. 

After the latest threat on social media, people living and working in East Lyme said they are shaking their heads.

"The anonymity like it hits close to home, but the anonymity is the problem itself," Treichel said. "But it's also what the program like offers the benefit.”

Anyone with any information about the threat is asked to call the East Lyme Police Department at 860-739-5900.

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