Suffield High School dismisses early after verbal threat

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SUFFIELD — Suffield High School students were dismissed early after police said there was a verbal threat of violence Friday.

Suffield police said they responded to the high school to assist with a with a distraught student.

“School administration and the School Resource Officer reacted quickly in locating and separating the student, age 17, from other students and staff,” police said. “As efforts were being taken to locate family members of this student, the student escalated the situation by becoming agitated and out of control, pushing school faculty and running out of the front of the high school.”

Police said they then ran after the student, stopping him outside the front entrance of the school.

“The student remained out of control and violent towards the police officers,” police said. “Suffield Police attempted to de-escalate the student, who was continuing to display out of control and violent behaviors, and requested an ambulance to the scene.”

Police said the student went on to make verbal threats that he had placed a “bomb” in the high school.

“While school staff and police coordinated contacting family members out-of-state, the student was transported to a local area hospital for evaluation and treatment,” police said.

As a precautionary measure, students and faculty were evacuated from the high school and an early dismissal was issued.

Police said after further investigation, no suspicious items were located during the search of the high school.

“Suffield High School has been deemed safe and is re-opened for after-school activities and for students to return to gather any possession they may have left during their exit from the school,” police said.