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Cops and Courts

Threat cuts short Wellington school day


WELLINGTON — Students at Wellington High School were evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat was discovered in a boys restroom.

Superintendent John Nolan said the threat, which was found to be unsubstantiated, appears to be the latest in a string of copycat threats, stemming from a threat Oct. 16 at Olmsted Falls High School.

The threat there, which was also unsubstantiated, was written on a bathroom stall in the girls restroom.

“Once you have one, you normally cross your fingers and hope you’re not the next copycat,” he said. “But you always have to err on the edge of caution.”

Nolan said writing was discovered on a stall at Wellington High School that indicated a bomb would detonate at 3 p.m. Students were quickly evacuated and were sent home at 2:30 p.m.

Nolan said a sweep of the school found no bombs. He said police will meet with faculty today to go over protocol, although he said it appears everything went well Wednesday.

“These things do happen, and they disrupt the education process, and they cause a lot of angst,” he said.

Nolan said the person who wrote the threat has not been identified, but the district is conducting an investigation along with the Wellington Police Department.

He said the perpetrator could face a 10-day suspension, with a recommendation for expulsion, along with criminal charges.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.

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