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Mom's alleged threat forced Newington school to shelter-in-place

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The shelter-in-place was reported at John Wallace Middle School, which is located on Halleran Drive, for a few minutes on Wednesday. (WFSB) The shelter-in-place was reported at John Wallace Middle School, which is located on Halleran Drive, for a few minutes on Wednesday. (WFSB)
NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Students and staff at a middle school in Newington were told to shelter in place on Wednesday afternoon after threatening comments were made by a student's mother.

The shelter-in-place was reported at John Wallace Middle School, which is located on Halleran Drive, for a few minutes on Wednesday.

The lockdown came after the Superintendent Dr. William Collins said a teacher/counselor heard from a fifth grader that the child was living in unsafe conditions at their home. 

The school's assistant principal] called the unidentified child's mother and questioned her about the conditions at home.  

"Apparently [ the mother] called the assistant principal and threatened both harm to the assistant principal to her and her children," Collins said "And we went into shelter in place that way we keep everybody place." 

The mother did not threaten the school. The mother told the the assistant principal that she was coming down to the school and would be there in five minutes.

In the mean time, the school called the police and they showed up before the mom arrived at John Wallace Middle School. The mom was intercepted by officers and taken to the Newington Police Department. 

Collins said the mother is currently at  the Newington Police Department where she was arrested for breach of peace.

Collins said the 10-year-old child is in Department of Children and Families custody.  DCF officials are questioning about his living conditions. 

Parents were notified by text of the incident. 

The woman has another child, who was at an elementary school. The child is now with an aunt.

Collins said he does not think the school is under any further threat, but they will have extra security on Thursday. 

The shelter-in-place remains under investigation. 

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