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UPDATED: Threat at Norwalk High School

• Updated Oct 8, 2017 at 8:44 AM

UPDATED at 7:45 p.m. Friday: Police are investigating an anonymous threat reported by a Norwalk High School student. An increased police presence followed the threat this morning.

Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said a concerned parent came to the station at 10 p.m. Thursday to report the incident. The threat originated on a website known as Sarahah, an online platform that allows users to post anonymous comments and feedback.

The threat stated: “I’m going to shoot up your school on a beautiful Friday next week. Be prepared and expect the worst.”

If the threat were to be carried out, the indication is it probably would take place next week on Friday the 13th.

Principal Brad Cooley was notified of the threat about 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement on the police department website.

Police have attempted to contact the unidentified website to track down the threat.

Detective Sgt. Seth Fry said police may ultimately have to obtain a search warrant to try and trace where the threat came from.

In the meantime, Light said there will be an increased police presence at the school.

Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk said the connection between the threat and NHS only comes down to the fact that it was received by a Norwalk student. No school names or individuals were mentioned specifically.

“It all comes down to the nature of the threat. We react to each situation individually,” Fisk said.

The superintendent added the district takes all threats seriously as well and at face value.

“I’m appreciative that the students and the families came forward because the key to reacting to these situations appropriately is getting the information,” he said. “We’re very fortunate.”

Students who left school Friday weren’t allowed to participate in extracurricular activities that evening, Cooley said.

The principal said if students felt the school was unsafe for them, it would follow that Whitney Field would be as well.

“When you hear ‘potential threat,’ all conversation stops,” he said. “There’s nothing threatening to Norwalk students and/or facility properties.”

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Here is the One-Call message sent to parents this morning:

Good Morning Truckers, this is Superintendent George Fisk

Early this morning I was made aware of a social media post that was received by one of our High School students late last night. This post was made using an application that keeps the sender anonymous. The post made reference to a potential threat, but did not name our school district, our buildings, or any of our students. Norwalk Police Department is in contact with the creators of the application and will continue to work to identify the sender.

In an abundance of caution, Norwalk Police officers will be at our High School throughout the day today.

If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s school or any of our district administrators.

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UPDATED AT 9:45 a.m. Friday: Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk said the connection between the threat and Norwalk High School comes down to the fact that it was received by a Norwalk student.

“It all comes down to the nature of the threat. We react to each situation individually.”

Fisk added that the district takes all threats seriously and at face value.

“I’m appreciative that the student and the families came forward, because the key to reacting to these situations appropriately is getting the information,” he said.

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UPDATED at 9:23 a.m. Friday: Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said a concerned parent came to the station at 10 p.m. Thursday to report a threat her daughter had seen on Snapchat.

The threat originated on a website that is now popular among teens known as Sarahah.

Sarahah is an online platform that allows users to post anonymous comments and feedback.

The threat stated, “I’m going to shoot up your school on a beautiful Friday next week. Be prepared and expect the worst.”

Detective Sgt. Seth Frye said the police department may ultimately have to obtain a search warrant to try and trace where the threat came from.

In the meantime, Light said there will be an increased police presence at the school.

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Original post: Officers are on patrol at Norwalk High School this morning following an anonymous threat.

Norwalk Principal Brad Cooley was notified of the threat around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, according to reports, then Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light ordered the presence of officers at the school this morning.

“We take all threats seriously until proven otherwise,” according to the Norwalk Police Department website.

Officers said the threat was made on a website that allows users to anonymously create posts and comments. The police department has attempted to contact the unidentified website to track down the threat.

School officials are aware of the investigation and there will be increased patrol in the area they have more information, according to the website.

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