Bomb Threat Discovered at Ridgefield High School

The threat was deemed not credible by the Ridgefield Police Department, and is believed to possibly be connected to the release tonight of a new video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

A bomb threat discovered written on the wall in a boys' bathroom at Ridgefield High School today turned out to be a hoax, according to a message from RHS Principal Stacey Gross.

"It was investigated by school administration and by the Ridgefield Police Department," she wrote. "At this time, we do not feel it is a credible threat and no school or afterschool activities have been canceled."

Gross said this is not the first time the high school has been the target of an unfounded bomb threat.

"Each time in the past few years, the threat has coincided with the release of a popular video game and when investigated the police deemed the building to be safe," she wrote. "Today’s threat is also consistent with this pattern, as the new video game will be released at midnight."

The video game Gross referred to is Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The video game is graphic and has a rating of Mature, ages 17 and over.

"It is unfortunate that this behavior occurred," Gross said, "but we felt it was important to thoroughly investigate the incident in order to better ensure the safety of our students and staff. Please feel free to contact me at 203-438-3785 if you have any additional questions."

John Symon November 16, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Do they have cameras in the hallways?
sebastian dangerfield November 16, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Henry... Im thinking the cops and school admin made the right call...so ill trust them to know more than i do. Thats the point.
sebastian dangerfield November 16, 2012 at 06:35 PM
To summarize this event A bomb scare prank that was determined, after the fact, to pose no danger to the students, and was summarily dismissed by the investigating police force and school administrators, has some people second guessing the moves. When asked what they should do differently, most do not answer, but one person suggests fingerprinting . Ok--? So that of course does not address the correct decision to keep it quiet. Which , curious suggested "you have to do something!" The only alternative in this incident, appears to be evacuating the school and dismissing the kids early--getting bus transportation-that most likely was not available to homes that may not have parents home all within the confines of the police determination that it was not a credible threat. To inform the students that a bomb threat existed? How does that help? I just never quite understand , how people raise their objection flag, but have no viable solution to what should have happened. To say "something should have happened, ' means what? Again--Im all ears as to what should happen next time the police learn of a non-credible threat at various schools-- but it doesnt seem as though anyone here has a great idea--other than to say " we should have been informed" -and then what? panic?
AA December 04, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Yes they do have cameras in the hallways
FollowUp December 17, 2012 at 06:29 PM
This RHS bomb scare incident from a month ago now becomes haunting. It burns my butt to reread some of the assinine naysayer comments posted in this thread. Some insightful people made the suggestion that when there is a threat, it shouldn't be offhandedly dismissed as a meaningless prank. But others mock the idea of following through to protect our children. And look where we are just one month later. Shameful behavior by some posters here. To the school system, maybe you should revisit this bomb scare incident and put in more effort to find out who did it. Doing nothing is no longer an option.


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