East Haven middle school student arrested after making threats

EAST HAVEN — Officers have arrested a student at Joseph Melillo Middle School on charges of uttering threats against several other students, authorities said Monday.

Police said they will have an increased presence at all schools in the district through the end of the school year.

“As soon as the police department became aware of the potential threats involving Joseph Melillo College, the police department immediately initiated an investigation which quickly led to a minor suspect,” Police Chief Edward Lennon said Monday. in a press release. “After conducting interviews and investigating the matter, it was learned that a minor, a student at JMMS, was responsible for the threats.”


Lennon said investigators contacted the student and his “parents/guardians,” who cooperated with the investigation. The child, who has not been identified, was due to appear in court on Tuesday.

Police did not provide details of the alleged threats.

Joseph Melillo Middle School principal Darci Doyon said the threats were reported to the administration on Monday.

“There will be an increased police presence at JMMS tomorrow, as with any incident involving threats to East Haven Public Schools,” Doyon said. “We continue to encourage all students to report any threats or concerns they may see or hear. Parents and guardians are encouraged to monitor their children’s social media usage and activity.

The incident comes amid a number of similar school closures and other security measures following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas last week. In Milford, police said a teenager was stopped for brandishing a fake pistol on a beach a day after surveillance footage allegedly showed him carrying the airsoft-style pistol on school grounds. In Stamford, a primary school was closed last Friday after a man tried to enter the building. He was later charged with trespassing.

“East Haven Public Schools appreciates the East Haven Police Department’s prompt and detailed work in identifying the minor,” Superintendent Erica Forti said in a statement. “We will continue to collaborate and partner with the East Haven Police Department to keep our schools safe and secure. We encourage all students to report any threats or concerns they may see or hear. Additionally, parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s social media usage and activity.

Martha K. Merrill