School employee arrested at Norwalk High after threat

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The School Resource Officer assigned to Norwalk High School was alerted to a threat complaint from a school cafeteria worker. 

Police learned just after 8:00am Tuesday that a school cafeteria worker, Leslie Delaney, threatened to shoot a firearm in the school on August 30th. A co-worker alleges that Delaney warned that people should leave the school if he showed up in “his army fatigues”. The co-worker states Delaney claimed that he would have “an AK-47 and could come to finish everything and then ‘off’ himself”.

Upon receiving the complaint, additional officers responded to Norwalk High School and escorted Delaney out of the building. He admitted to police that he made such comments, and claimed they were a joke. 

Delaney was transferred to Norwalk Hospital for an evaluation. 

Officers received consent to search his vehicle that was parked at the school, and discovered a .22 caliber rifle in the trunk. Police say there was no ammunition in the gun or in the vehicle.

The search expanded to Delaney’s home, where no other weapons were found. 

Delaney, 69 of Hamden, has been arrested on charges ranging from possession of a weapon on school grounds, to breach of peace.

He is being held on a $75,000 bond. 

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