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Arrest made following Hartford elementary school threat

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The SAND School in Hartford was also evacuated last Friday. (WFSB photo) The SAND School in Hartford was also evacuated last Friday. (WFSB photo)

An arrest has been made following a bomb threat and evacuation at an elementary school in Hartford.

The emailed threat was received Wednesday afternoon and said a bomb would go off at the SAND School on Main Street at 6 a.m. on Thursday.

The school was evacuated as a result. Police called it purely precautionary.

"They took the kids out of the school, in the rain, and the dogs were in the school, sniffing everything," parent Quentasha Hutley said. 

Hartford bomb technicians scoured the school with K9s for anything bomb-related but said they found nothing.

"That makes me feel uneasy," parent Tasheena Rollins said. "That's why everyday my son goes to school. I say a prayer for his school bus, teachers and students because the world is not the same these days." 

A juvenile was identified as the suspect, who has had a previous juvenile referral related to his school activity.

The young person was charged with first-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace.

"These kids are playing too much. They bring their cell phone to school," Rollins said. 

The incident marked the second time in two weeks that the school was evacuated for similar threats.

There's no word if the two cases are related.

Police said after the email was sent, the student suspect was identified by an IP Address within hours. Parents told Eyewitness News they may be relieved, but those initial fears are driving a safe schools bill. 

"No longer is this a prank that's worthwhile or a prank that is acceptable because of the terror and trauma that it causes to the community to the students and teachers," State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) said. 

Hwang introduced it and the goal is to create stricter punishments for anyone unleashing terror on schools...

"This is unacceptable under any terms and if you should do something like that in creating terror and trauma in our schools, we're going to catch you," Hwang said. 

The safe schools bill is going to go before the senate.  

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