Two students charged after stun gun brought to Hamden High School
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) – Two teen girls were scheduled to face a judge later this month after a resource officer discovered a stun gun when a verbal fight between students was broken up.
This incident happened Tuesday at Hamden High School, and it was just one of several recent occurrences of students bringing weapons to class.
In the last two months, officials across the state said there have been four incidents of students bringing weapons to school in Connecticut.
No one was hurt Tuesday morning when the stun gun that resembled a cell phone was found during the fight between two girls at Hamden High School.
Both girls were charged, but police said the outcome could have been much worse.
“Extra patrol units were on scene at Hamden High School during the incident, and for the duration of the school day,” they said.
Nobody was hurt in the incident and there was no threat to students or staff, Hamden police said.
In Manchester, a 16-year-old brought a loaded gun to school and was arrested on Monday.
A middle schooler in Meriden recently faced charges after bringing a gun to school last week.
Another student in East Granby brought two guns to school before the new year, and one of his parents is facing charges.
The President of the Connecticut Education Association, a teacher’s union, said cases like these are causing educators to reevaluate their profession.
Katie Dias, the union’s president, said these incidents are causing concerns for educators.
“We have educators who are reflecting on, ‘What are the risks I’m taking? Am I compensated to take those risks? Is it even acknowledged that I’m taking those risks?’” Dias said.
No one was hurt in any of the four cases of students bringing weapons to school, but teachers encouraged parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of carrying weapons and the life-altering consequences that could come from using them.
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