Results of probe into school weapons incidents due

Published on Monday, 14 May 2018 21:06
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - School district officials have concluded their investigation into the handling of two fourth-grade students who brought weapons to school in April.

The results are expected to be released today, said Matthew Cannata, the district’s public relations specialist.

A staff member confirmed that a fourth-grader at Diloreto Magnet School had brought a knife to school on April 17, a letter to parents from Principal Alejandro Ortiz said.

Through the student, officials learned that a second fourth-grader student had brought a box cutter, Ortiz said in the letter, which went out on April 24. That student was immediately brought to the principal’s office, Ortiz said.

Both students were suspended and staff met with the entire fourth-grade class to discuss school safety and support available to children, Ortiz said.

The incidents prompted an internal investigation within the school system, to look into how staff and administrators handled the situation as well as the actions of the students, Cannata said.

Police said they received a complaint of threatening from the school system on April 19, two days after it was discovered that the students had brought the weapons to the school.

Police are still investigating, said Capt. Jeanette Portalatin, who declined to elaborate on the incidents due to the ages of the students involved.

“We can all be thankful that this was quickly addressed and there was no one hurt in the process,” Ortiz wrote in the letter.

School Superintendent Nancy Sarra issued a statement saying that the school system was conducting an internal investigation but declined to provide any other details.

“Our primary goal is to ensure the safety of all New Britain students and staff,” she said.

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Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Monday, 14 May 2018 21:06. Updated: Monday, 14 May 2018 21:09.