Two New Britain High School students were disciplined after a threat was made during an online video game session on Sunday night.
The unidentified students were playing a video and “made inappropriate joking comments regarding how they would handle a threat at the high school,” New Britain Schools Chief Operations Officer Paul G. Salina said in a statement on Monday.
After other students noticed the comments posted on social media, one of students alerted a parent, who called police.
"While there was no direct threat, it was definitely implied. The juveniles thought their actions were a joke between each other, however the alarm they caused was very real," New Britain Police Chief James Wardwell told Eyewitness News.
Early Sunday morning, officers visited the homes of the students and talked with them. told the administration that they “found the threats not to be creditable.”
Even though there is no direct threat, there were increased patrols at New Britain High School.
"These actions taken by these two young students were a poor choice by these two young people and there are consequences. The kids and their parents were cooperative with the investigation. The increased police presence at the school was to reassure students, parents, and faculty, that the police were aware and there to do our part in keeping the community safe," Wardwell said.
After meeting with school officials, the students met with the administration and the “appropriate school discipline was issued,” Salina said.
“We take threats seriously and students must be reminded that joking about violence on school grounds on social media is not taken lightly. The school district has a wonderful working relationship with the police department and we work closely together to provide the safest environment for our students,” Salina said.
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