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Threat At New Canaan's Saxe School Remains Under Investigation

Police are still investigating the cause of a threat found at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan last Thursday which led to a modified lockdown.
Police are still investigating the cause of a threat found at Saxe Middle School in New Canaan last Thursday which led to a modified lockdown. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo

NEW CANAAN, Conn. — New Canaan police are still investigating the cause of the threat found at Saxe Middle School last Thursday, Sgt. Carol Ogrinc said.

The modified lockdown took place after a note was found in the school by an adult that was potentially threatening in nature, a message on the school district website Friday said. The threat did not seem pertinent despite its “violent overtones,” Ogrinc said.

“If we thought the kids were in danger for even a second, we would have taken the right precautions,” she said.

The department monitored the school’s dismissal Thursday and had bomb squads from the state and Stamford as well as a special response team sweep the school to make sure it was safe, Ogrinc said. Police remained at the school overnight and had an increased presence at all New Canaan schools last Friday as a precautionary measure.

“We took every precaution we could,” Ogrinc said. At least one department member has a child at Saxe and he said he was comfortable with the response, she said.

Police do not think the threat had any relation to the three-month anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, because they do not know when the note was first left at the school, the sergeant said. The department's response a year ago would have been the same it was Thursday, she said.

Attendance was good at Saxe on Friday, the district message also said. Principal Greg Macedo and others at the school will continue to meet with parents concerned about the incident.

Police are asking for the public’s aide. People can call the department's anonymous tip line at 203-594-3544.

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