Southington High School student making 'racking' gesture with cell phone mistaken for gun, prompted 'secure school mode'

Published on Thursday, 9 June 2022 13:12


SOUTHINGTON – Southington High School was placed into a “secure school mode” on Thursday after a student used a cell phone to mimic the motion of a gun being racked.

Police were called to the school around 10:07 a.m. after a student there reported seeing another student with a gun in the building’s hallways between classes. The incident prompted a large police presence until it was determined using video surveillance that no gun was involved.

The student who prompted the secure school mode was issued a summons for second-degree breach of peace and was picked up by a parent, police said. 

According to police, the student, a 17-year-old, used a cell phone to imitate the motion used to rack a gun, causing another student to believe the teen was actually armed. 

Police said they quickly determined there was no threat to the school, as the object was simply a cell phone. The school day resumed as normal shortly thereafter.

Police on Thursday said the school will consider further discipline against the student.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 9 June 2022 13:12. Updated: Thursday, 9 June 2022 13:15.