Two more CT high schools request increased police presence after a recent trend of social media threats

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Both Crosby High School in Waterbury and Danbury High School increased police presence on Friday after receiving social media threats.

Waterbury Police received a report of a social media threat against Crosby High School on Thursday afternoon, according to Waterbury Lt. Ryan Bessette.

Additional school resource officers and patrol units were dispatched to the high school as police investigate the incident, Bessette said. The department is working with the Board of Education to ensure the school is as safe as possible, he said.

Danbury Police became aware of a social media threat involving Danbury High School on Thursday evening. Officers identified a suspect and determined the threat was not credible, according to the Danbury Police Department. Police arrested a minor in connection with the threat.

As a result of the threat, there is an increased police presence at the school for Friday’s opening and dismissal. There will also be extra patrols of the school throughout the day, Danbury Police said.

Seven threats have now been made this week involving Connecticut schools and 10 within the past two weeks. Three have been made to Waterbury schools during that time span.

Bessette said there does not appear to be a connection between the threats, adding that this is a national issue that other schools across the state and country are experiencing.

Bessette said the threats are concerning and disruptive for students and that the department is taking each threat “extremely seriously,” investigating each one thoroughly to determine if they are credible.