Hoaxes posted to social media by students hoping to get out of school have hit Connecticut.
The State Police Connecticut Intelligence Center put out a bulletin to local police departments Tuesday regarding a social media trend of students encouraging their peers to post anonymous threats online. State Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner aide Brian Foley says threats of violence against schools have disrupted classrooms across Connecticut since the fatal shooting in Michigan November 30th. Foley says the threats do not appear to be related to any one individual or group of people.
Threats of violence have been deemed not credible at Newtown, New Milford and Danbury High Schools as well as Henry Abbott Technical High School in Danbury. There was also a report of shots fired near Danbury High School, which Police Chief Patrick Ridenhour says was determined to be unfounded.
During Tuesday's City Council meeting he encouraged anyone who sees something to say something, but acknowledge the social media trend. He says detectives are continuing their investigations and is confident they'll be able to get some information to identify those involved.