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New Canaan High School Student Charged In Snapchat Threat

A New Canaan High School student was charged with posting a threatening post on Snapchat.
A New Canaan High School student was charged with posting a threatening post on Snapchat. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

A 17-year-old New Canaan High School student has been charged with breach of peace after posting a threatening snapchat with a photograph of another student who appeared to be holding a gun.

The posting was uncovered on Jan. 26, when the Wilton Police Department notified the New Canaan Police of a threatening photograph shared to a group of people on Snapchat, said New Canaan Police Lt. Jason Ferraro.

On the snapchat, the caption “Don’t come to school tm” was written across the image.

New Canaan Police immediately identified the two students involved and determined the gun in the photograph was a BB-gun, which was later seized. 

"A thorough investigation determined that there was never a viable threat to anyone’s safety," Ferraro said. "The New Canaan Police Department takes all threats of school violence, real or perceived, seriously and exercises a zero tolerance for those who recklessly make such threats."

Police determined the student depicted in the photo was unaware the picture had been taken.

The teen has been referred to Juvenile Court. 

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