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'Whiteboard message' prompts extra police at Wallingford school Thursday

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Police in Wallingford stepped up their presence at Sheehan High School on Thursday.

Sheehan principal Rosemary Duthie said an inappropriate message was found on a classroom whiteboard.

"We were also informed later in the day of comments that were circulating among some students," Duthie wrote in a letter to families. "We conducted an investigation along with the Wallingford Police Department to determine the origin of the message and validity of the comments."

They said there is no threat to the school community at this time.

"It’s unfortunate but it’s what we have to deal with today," said Tracey Hall, a parent.

Hall and others told Channel 3 that she decided to keep her child home for the day.

"The email came from the principal saying police had investigated and there was not a real threat," she said. "But that was it, and to me that wasn’t enough of an explanation."

The exact contents of the message were not released.

"They need to be proactive they shouldn’t wait until after something happens to start all of a sudden being concerned about children safety," said Deapria Shuler-McKnight, a parent. "It’s a shame that it’s come to this point nowadays that you have to be scared for your kids to go to school."

Channel 3 was told the school is also planning to meet with parents next month about school safety.

"We will continue to work with the Wallingford Police Department," Duthie continued. "To this end, there will be a police presence at our school [Thursday] to help allay any concerns. We remain dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students and staff at Sheehan High School."

Parents also told Channel 3 that they were just happy to see the added security.

"I’m glad they are stepping up the security," said Veronica Gillen, a parent. "If that’s what has to happen unfortunately, than that’s what has to happen."

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