East Haven middle school student arrested for allegedly uttering threats

EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — East Haven police arrested a minor after threats were made against several students at Joseph Melillo Middle School.

JMMS director Darci Doyon said the threats were reported to the administration and the police department on Monday. Police said an investigation quickly led to a juvenile suspect who fully cooperated with investigators.

“After conducting interviews and investigating the matter, it was learned that a minor, a student at JMMS, was responsible for the threats. Contact was immediately made with the minor and his parents/guardians who cooperated fully with the ‘investigation,’ East Haven Police Chief Edward Lennon said.

Lennon said the minor was due in court on Tuesday.

Police said an increased police presence will be seen in all schools until the end of the school year.

Doyon sent a statement to all parents and guardians of students at the school informing them of the incident, saying, among other things, “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.

East Haven Schools Superintendent Erica Forti also released a statement.

“East Haven Public Schools appreciates the East Haven Police Department’s prompt and detailed work in identifying the minor. We will continue to cooperate and partner with the East Haven Police Department to ensure safety and security. We encourage all students to report any threats or concerns they may see or hear, and parents are encouraged to monitor their children’s social media usage and activity.

Erica Forti, Superintendent of East Haven Schools

Martha K. Merrill