Parents at one Connecticut elementary school are on edge after police said a man sent a series of harassing emails to the principal.
The situation happened at Highcrest Elementary School in Wethersfield, and parents said it is frightening because the suspect, Anthony Wall, only lives about one mile away from the school.
A public safety meeting was held with parents on Thursday evening, where police tried to assure parents that Wall is not a violent person, but people who know Wall said he struggles with mental illness.
"The reason why we wanted to have this meeting is to let parents and community of Highcrest to know exactly what is going on here and that the students and staff are safe," said Superintendent of Schools Michael Emmett.
Anthony Wall, of Wethersfield, was arrested and charged with harassing Highcrest Elementary School Principal John Bean.
Court documents show that in November, Bean contacted police after a series of concerning emails from Wall.
The police report describes the emails as “an almost full page of nonsensical ramblings that make disturbing references to rape, violence and children.”
Bean reportedly told police “Wall’s rantings about children at Highcrest School via social media have caused alarm to parents.”
Court documents show that when police met with Wall, he “ranted about threats he had received and vague concerns,” and said that “sexual assaults were being committed against children at Highcrest School but that they were being covered up by people in authority.”
Police told Wall to stop contacting Bean, but they said he sent a fourth angry email that same day.
At the meeting on Thursday evening, school leaders told parents they are keeping an eye out to make sure he doesn't evolve into a real threat.
Wall lives in Wethersfield and people who grew up with him said they know he struggles with mental illness.
Christine Tardette said she understood the concern from parents because she said Wall recently mentioned her in disturbing posts on Facebook.
"That is why I came to this meeting tonight because I just want to hear the plan knowing that myself and some other parents are still in the back of his head 20 years later," she said.
Emmett announced upcoming security improvements at the elementary school, including foam that will make windows virtually shatterproof, a stronger visitor badge system, and better identification cameras.
"This meeting made me feel better because I think the administrators realized there are some things that need to be changed and there are some things that need to be done to make sure the kids are safe," Tardette said.
Wall is currently in jail and faces second-degree harassment charges.
He was arrested almost one year ago on similar charges regarding personnel at Central Connecticut State University.
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