WATERTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — There will be extra police presence at Swift Middle School in Watertown Thursday following an investigation into information the school was going to “get shot up,” but police said they found nothing suspicious.
Watertown Police said an uncorroborated comment was overheard in the hallway Wednesday regarding the possible act of violence that would take place at the school Thursday. In a statement to News 8, Watertown Police Chief Joshua Bernegger said school officials decided to operate on a two-hour delay “out of an abundance of caution.”
Police and Watertown Public Schools investigated the potential threat and found nothing unusual while conducting a thorough external and interior search of the complete buildings.
“As we knew at the start of this investigation, there was no corroboration of information, and at this time, there are no other indicators that lead us to believe that the threat is valid,” Watertown Police Detective Mark Conway said in a statement.
Swift Middle School will have additional police presence all day Thursday, and counselors will be available for any faculty and staff.
Watertown Police along with Watertown Public School security staff will monitor all schools Thursday and Swift Middle School will have extra police presence all day as an extra precaution. Counselors will also be available at the middle school for any faculty and staff.
Watertown Police released the following statement Thursday morning:
“The Watertown Police Department, along with the Watertown Public School District, would like to reassure the entire Watertown Community that the threat is over and that our students and schools are safe to run as usual at this time. We know that hearing about incidents that include threats like these can cause feelings of fear and worry – that is completely normal. And in these cases, it’s important to know that you can trust your school and town’s emergency teams to do exactly what they are trained to do to ensure an extremely detailed examination of all situations in order to ensure that we can all return to normal.”
In a statement Thursday afternoon, Bernegger said: “The Watertown Police Department and the Watertown Public School District thoroughly investigated this alleged comment. There are no other known witnesses. WPD and WPS are confident that this alleged comment does not constitute a credible threat to the school. Absent further information, arrests, in this case, are not expected.”