State’s technical high schools lift ‘secure school protocol’ but continue to take precautions

Earlier this week, a member of the Hartford community heard an unfounded threat of retaliation in response to the fight that broke out at Middletown High School
Published: Jan. 20, 2023 at 11:25 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2023 at 11:21 PM EST
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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) - The superintendent lifted the secure school protocol on the state’s 21 technical high schools.

The secure mode protocol meant doors were locked and unplanned visitors were not allowed inside.

Earlier this week, a member of the Hartford community heard an unfounded threat of retaliation in response to the fight that broke out at Middletown High School on Tuesday night.

The above incident has resulted in several arrests by Middletown police.

“Due to this unfounded threat, the superintendent of CT Technical High Schools placed all schools in “secure school” protocol today. The secure school protocol has since been lifted by the superintendent.”

Connecticut State Police

State police said there were threats towards the schools in multiple towns on Friday morning.

Police are taking all measures of caution to enhance security for the community.

Law enforcement will be at all technical high school home basketball games this evening.

“It’s very upsetting. Like, all these kids are getting into fights and it’s, like, what’s being done about it?,” said Mia Stewart, a New Britain resident.

“In sport, what you have is the perfect storm. Multiple communities come together, this is where there is opportunity and where opportunity meets emotion, I think that’s where we see some of these issues happen,” said Glenn Lungarini, Executive Director CIAC.

The CIAC director says this weeks fights happened after the game.

He says kids and adults have been solving conflicts with violence and social media isn’t helping.

“If its a rival high school you are seeing a Tik Tok until the whole 3 days until that game,” said Amari Cruz, a High School Student.

Amari plays basketball and notices the constant back and forth online.

Through arrests, discipline, and extra presence, officials are trying to keep the competition respectful.

“We want the focus to be on the kids. We want them to be able to engage in school sports and education based activities, develop meaningful relationships, and have positive experiences,” said Glenn Lungarini.

Police did not identify who will be facing charges, but they do say some are juveniles.

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Increased security after threats to tech schools
Connecticut State police believe that the threat is not credible but are still taking all precautions.