Hamden High closed on Friday as police, administration investigate potential gun threat

New Haven

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Hamden High School will be closed Friday while police and administration investigate a threat made to the school.

Police say school officials received a tip around 9:30 p.m. about a threat at the high school regarding potential gun violence Thursday. An immediate investigation was launched into the online threat.

Hamden Superintendent Jody Ian Goeler tweeted out a message Thursday night that the school would be closed for this reason.

Goeler said they met with the Hamden Police chief and are closing the school out of an abundance of caution. He said this will provide them with the opportunity to work with police to fully investigate this situation.

This decision was made in conjunction with Hamden school officials, Mayor Lauren Garrett’s office, and the Hamden Police Department.

Hamden Police has increased its presence at the high school over the past few weeks and will continue with those efforts.

Goeler said an announcement went out to the entire high school community Thursday night letting them know the school will be closed.

On Friday, Goeler sent out another letter to the community, saying that they are still working to investigate the threat. He said they have determined there were rumors of a fight planned for Friday, and there was a screenshot of a threat to the school.

The high school administration is continuing to interview all of those who may have information related to either or both of those concerns, Goeler said.

“I remain optimistic that we will be in a position to open the high school on Monday morning,” Goeler said.

“I want to thank the Hamden Police Department and Hamden school officials for their swift response to ensure the safety of our students and staff. I am committed to the safety of our schools and I take every threat seriously,” wrote Mayor Garrett in a statement.

Hamden Police say additional police patrols will monitor Hamden schools throughout town.

“I applaud the students who were proactive about their safety and reached out to the police, administration, and parents about this threat,” wrote Mayor Garrett.

This is the second challenge that Hamden High administrators have faced this week. On Monday, two students got into a fight after school near the school that resulted in one of them being hospitalized with stab wounds.

In his letter Friday, Goeler said they’ve added additional security guards and will continue to work with the school administration in providing the personnel support they need. He said they will continue to discuss security at the next meeting.

No further details have been released at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this threat is asked to contact the Hamden Police Department at 203-230-4000.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 8 for updates.

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