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School threat numbers see decline

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

As students and parents prepare for a new school year, the number of threats is declining locally, according to education officials.

The U.S. Department of Education said its newest data showed 35 threats statewide in the 2014-2015 school year.

That's a drop of 53 compared to the 2010-2011.

The totals represent bomb threats or threats of damage to any school or students which led to security or police involvement.

In Ansonia, a senior named Giancarlos Diaz was arrested after police said he made a threat on a smartphone social media app called "After School." The incident prompted a lockdown at the end of the school year.

No on was hurt.

In Hartford, Prince Tech was also locked down after an anonymous threat surfaced on the same app. Someone implied that they were going to "shoot up" the junior lunch.

The student who posted it was not identified because of his or her age, according to police. The student was charged with falsely reporting an incident and threatening.

Most threats end up being hoaxes or misinterpretations, according to police.

As is the case nationwide, however, police and school security said they must treat them all as real.

Classes for most Connecticut municipalities start either Monday or Wednesday next week.

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