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Student remains in custody following Cheshire threat

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A Cheshire High School student made a "serious threat." (WFSB) A Cheshire High School student made a "serious threat." (WFSB)
Cheshire police added extra officers to Cheshire High School after a student was arrested for a threat over the weekend. (WFSB) Cheshire police added extra officers to Cheshire High School after a student was arrested for a threat over the weekend. (WFSB)

Students and parents noticed an increased police presence at Cheshire High School on Monday morning after a student was arrested.

Superintendent Jeffrey Solan told Channel 3 that the high schooler made a serious but generic threat that did not identify specific people or schools.

Solan maintained that there's no threat to the school community.

Still, the added officers were noticed by students.

"It was really scary to think that something like that could happen in a nicer town as Cheshire," said Jack Donahue, a senior.

The unidentified student was charged with first-degree threatening and taken into custody. He remained that way as of Monday as the investigation continued.

Solan said police conducted a thorough investigation and did not find any weapons.

"It's really a safe place," Donahue said. "I'm not really worried here."

Solan said this kind of incident has played out in several communities over the past week. Students were arrested in Old Saybrook and East Haddam for similar scenarios.

"I don't know why it's happening now," Donahue said.

Solan said the Cheshire Public Schools staff has been vigilant about the importance of reporting concerning behaviors or statements.

He urged students and parents to do the same.

He said the district will take whatever steps necessary to ensure a safe environment for students, staff and families.

Solan said there are appropriate ways to speak with children about what's going on, such as reassuring them that they're safe and making the time to talk.

"I would have explained the situation, explain that the odds of anything happening are very low, that people are hyper-vigilant right now, and we'll be there to talk it through and support them," said Judy Keyes of Cheshire.

Solan said the district will continue to improve security measures.

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