Clear bags required for students at New Milford school


NEW MILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — School is still in session New Milford Friday, but if your child attends Schaghticoke Middle School you need to swap out their backpack for a clear bag.

What prompted this rule change is another bomb threat received at the school. It’s another worry for parents, but a letter issued to parents Thursday night from Principal Dana Ford explained the situation clearly.

A bomb threat referencing tomorrow was found written on a bathroom stall; the police were immediately informed and will follow official procedures regarding safety of the building. Tomorrow, students are asked not to bring backpacks to school. They may carry their books and bring other belongings in a clear plastic bag. Please be assured that although we consider this to be a low level threat we are taking every safety precaution. I have also sent you a phone message.

One concerned parent said that even though a child might have done the threat as a joke, it can’t be taken lightly.

“It’s scary,” New Milford parent Karen Metz said. “The children do it as a joke but it scares everybody.”

The Superintendent for New Milford Public Schools has also issued a statement to News 8. Dr. JeanAnn C. Paddyfote says police cleared the school after that threat was found.

The NMPD was notified and there was a sweep of the school. Students were asked not to bring backpacks today. If a student is responsible for writing this threat there will be discipline, up to and including possible expulsion from school.

The school was quick to inform parents, which is something many parents said they’re thankful for.

“I think they did a great job telling us what’s going on,” parent Christine Zona said.

“I’m not too concerned,” parent Leslie Perry said. “I’m sure that they’ve checked everything out.”

Michael Terry added, “Kids will do things especially this time of year. They have the end of school year thoughts and they made a bad choice.”

Police continue to investigate.

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