After a bomb threat at Wilton High School, there was an "emergency evacuation" of students and staff, many of whom were shaken up but said the Wednesday incident was "handled calmly" by school administrators.
"Of course it's upsetting. Students were suddenly told to evacuate the building, and you never know what's going on. You don't want your children in harm's way," said parent Angela Lowy, whose 17-year-old daughter Sarah attends the school.
"She was upset. It was an unfortunate incident, but we did get an email from the principal that was very reassuring, and the good news is that nothing did happen." Lowy said her daughter did not want to comment.
School officials notified police of the bomb threat at about 12:20 p.m., and the evacuation ensued shortly before 1 p.m., officials said. After a 30-minute search of the building, police gave the go-ahead for students, teachers and staff to return after finding nothing suspicious.
Sophomore Jack Jankowski, 15, said students had heard rumors by 10 a.m. that a teacher had been contacted about a bomb threat. "A lot of kids were talking about it, then suddenly we had to evacuate," Jack said. "It was a little unnerving, but everyone handled it well. The administration was calm. When we went back I felt comfortable. But for a time, it was like, you never know."
In a message to parents at 1:35 p.m., Principal Tim Canty advised families of the bomb threat but said activities resumed after police conducted a thorough search. In the email, Canty said, "I am writing to inform you that we learned today of a bomb threat here at Wilton High School. The high school administration immediately contacted members of the Wilton Police Department to thoroughly conduct a threat assessment."
Canty declined to say how the bomb threat was made because "this is a criminal investigation, and I cannot comment on the specific details."
Canty said all activities resumed Wednesday at the high school as scheduled.
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