Police at Stamford HS Tuesday morning due to recent events locally, nationally
Students at Stamford High School arrived Tuesday morning to an extra police presence in light of recent events both locally and halfway across the country.
“In the driveway, there was a bunch of cop cars with their lights on,” said student Carina Palomba
“I just saw like a cop being posted outside behind the school with the lights on,” added student Jazlyn Balderiamos.
Stamford police said six additional officers were on campus for the start of classes, along with the school's two school resource officers, after a student reported a possible online threat Monday afternoon.
“It was immediately identified as a threat that was not credible, “ Lt. Jerry Junes said.
News 12 also spoke with Joe Kennedy, the head of security for Stamford Public Schools, who said the post made no mention of Stamford High School or any student or staff member there. But in light of the deadly school shooting in St. Louis Monday and the swatting incident at the high school Friday, a decision was made to have police there as a precaution.
“We wanted the school and the staff and the Stamford community to feel safe and secure this morning,” Junes said.
The school district didn’t send an email out about the alleged threat because it was dismissed so quickly and had no connection to the school, according to Kennedy. Most students News 12 spoke to assumed the officers were there as a follow-up to the swatting incident, which remains under investigation with help from the FBI. On Friday morning, a 911 call came in alleging an active shooter and multiple injuries at Stamford High School, triggering a lockdown and mass response from law enforcement. At least nine other school districts were also affected by the same fake threat of violence called in that day.
“It's honestly pretty scary. On Friday, I had called my dad and my family. Everyone was texting me. It was very scary, especially in the moment,” Palomba said.
Kennedy said the biggest problem with these hoax threats is the stress they put on staff and students. Junes told News 12 the police presence Tuesday wasn’t meant to alarm anyone but rather to offer some peace of mind.
“I really didn’t feel any kind of way [seeing the officers] because that's their job to protect us,” said student Geonna Beckford.
“It helps everyone feel safe like if anything was to happen again,” added student Nora Byrnes.