EAST GRANBY, Conn. (WTNH) — Community members attended a special meeting in East Granby Monday night after a student was found with two handguns at Carl Allgrove Elementary school on Friday.
It happened in the lunchroom around 11:30 a.m. East Granby’s superintendent said the student was escorted to the nurse’s office, and the resident trooper was notified and on the scene within minutes.
The guns were confiscated, and the principal questioned the student in a locked classroom that was later searched.
Students returned to that classroom and were sent home on an early dismissal schedule already planned for that day.
The owner of the guns, 32-year-old Kenneth Pariaug, was arrested. His relationship with the child is unclear – and the investigation is ongoing.
Monday night, parents demanded answers from school leaders and state police as to why they were not notified until hours after the guns were found.
They also had concerns about the protocol that was followed – and safety while the suspect is out on bond.
The superintendent said that there was no lockdown because the threat was contained. She said there were no red flags – and that police presence would continue through the end of the week.
“If you can find the silver lining, the best outcome occurred given the circumstances,” said Supterindent Melissa Bavaro. “We never want to see anything like this or worse, of course.”
Some parents are now pushing for metal detectors; something Bavaro says very few schools in Connecticut have. Bavaro said they would get a quote for the metal detectors and personnel.
State police said they plan to bring in another school resource officer at the beginning of the new year and are trying to hire more.