HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) – Police stepped up security at Hamden High School on Wednesday after a student was found with a loaded gun in a backpack.
The student faced several charges after the discovery.
At around 1 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the high school after learning that a 17-year-old student was in possession of a gun over the weekend.
As a precaution, the student was taken to the principal’s office. At the same time, an order to “stay put” was given while the police investigated.
Police say the student became uncooperative, but the police eventually managed to defuse the situation and the student complied.
Police found the loaded .45 caliber handgun in the student’s backpack.
The teenager was charged with carrying a pistol without a license, possessing a weapon on school grounds, reckless endangerment in the second degree, and violating public order in the second degree.
The student was taken to a juvenile detention center in Bridgeport.
The detectives are taking part in the investigation.
Hamden Police said they have an increased presence at the high school in the coming days.
School officials will also have a crisis team available for students and staff who have concerns related to this incident.
Superintendent Jody Ian Goeler released a statement:
The swift and decisive actions of the Hamden Public School staff and the Hamden Police Department ensured the safety of the entire Hamden Secondary School community. Since this is an ongoing police investigation and students are protected under the Family Education Rights and Protection of Privacy Act (FERPA), no further details are available. is available at the moment. The school’s crisis team will be available to students and staff who need help processing this information, and the police presence will also be stepped up tomorrow. During this difficult time, it is more important than ever to have conversations with your children about the dangers of gun violence and to encourage your children to continue to report dangerous and worrying behavior to adults you can trust. if you see something, say something.
The incident alarmed the residents of the city.
“I have two brothers going there so it’s really scary,” said Taylor Clinton of Hamden, who graduated from the school a few years ago. “It’s terrible. As a former student we’ve had threats before, and it was really scary, but to see it happen is really scary.
Hamden Police said they encourage anyone with information regarding guns or student safety to always come forward.
“Today serves as an important reminder of the collaborative efforts between the community, the Board of Education and the Hamden Police Department to help ensure the safety of the public and our student body,” a press release said. .
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