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."

oldtimer November 13, 2012 at 09:56 PM
One of the kiddies knows who the j-----s is. When known, he needs to be made an example of.
Lynn C November 13, 2012 at 11:41 PM
"It was investigated by school administration and by the Ridgefield Police Department," she wrote.;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...How was it thoroughly investigated if the school was not cleared and the students were not even aware of it...I told my son when he got home. It is unfortunate that things like this happen ...but how absolutely sure can they be that is was a hoax when there are so many horrible things going on in today's society. Also, during the investigation they should have found out that the game was released at 12:00am this morning....not coming out tonight
Mike Tyson November 14, 2012 at 12:57 AM
muahah muahahahahah
jptheplanner November 14, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Phil Knox November 14, 2012 at 06:14 AM
These are good and important questions that you raise. You clearly are a very concerned parent. If only more parents were like you and concerned with the safety of their children, the world would be better. The administration's wanton disregard for students is evident here. Has anyone perhaps asked if they're suicidal yet? I'm just asking questions, but it seems like if there's a bomb threat and you don't evacuate, you might be suicidal. The fact that this was repeated behavior and was just a note in the bathroom and that they correctly defined it and shared the exact same risks as everyone else and that they're trained to do this doesn't mean anything. Again, I'm just asking questions.
oldtimer November 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Like NCIS last night---To Be Continued---It should be
Karen O'Shea November 14, 2012 at 02:23 PM
When was this note found in the bathroom? Why were we only notified after school was let out?
sebastian dangerfield November 14, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Karen, May i ask what you would do if you were in charge of that decision of when to inform? What you consider the consequences of your decisions, and the options available. Thanks
Lynn C November 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM
I agree Karen...the students had no idea either
Phil Knox November 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Has anybody verified the mental state of the RHS administrators yet? I think, we, as taxpayers, have a right to know if they're suicidal
Phil Knox November 14, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Did anybody see the movie, "The Hurt Locker"? This RHS has administration's gone rogue in terms of its approach to bombs in the school. The main character in the hurt locker showed suicidal inclinations. He was very effective but his behavior put a lot of people at risk unnecessarily. I don't think RHS should be like the Hurt Locker.
Sam Bishop November 14, 2012 at 05:50 PM
This is a trend that happened many times. When I was a student there, it happened probably two or three times a year to coincide with video game releases, starting in 2007 when Halo 3 came out. . The first time it happened, the school actually was evacuated. What happened then is that we had another bomb threat three days later... and another after that. Some miscreant learned that all they had to do was write "I have a bomb" on a bathroom door somewhere and they wouldn't have to go to school. So now, when somebody takes a sharpie to a bathroom stall and writes something like "I have a bomb" which is hardly a credible threat, and there's a blockbuster video game coming out the next day, the school isn't evacuated. If it were, the kids'd be out of school more than they'd be in school.
RHS Alum November 14, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Okay, Phil Knox, calm down. This is Ridgefield, CT that we're talking about -- the administration deciding not to incite panic or evacuate the school because some kid wrote on a bathroom wall in sharpie about a bomb, just like kids have done multiple times in the past, including 3 times when I was a student at RHS, doesn't mean they are suicidal. RHS isn't like the Hurt Locker. In case you haven't noticed, Fairfield County is hardly comparable to Iraq or, you know, absolutely any other place in the world under active military occupation.
Lynn C November 14, 2012 at 07:26 PM
@RHS Alum...you nailed it..."this is Ridgefield, CT" everybody's famous words.....do you think that makes us immune ? Sadly many do...I have had many adults tell me but not in "Ridgefield"...Although it has been done before.....how can anyone take the chance that one time it won't be for real.....
Phil Knox1 November 14, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Think about what you just said RHS Alum. Even in the Hurt Locker, they try to evacuate the area before sending in the suicidal demolition expert. IN IRAQ! Where life doesn't really matter (they make no money, have no education, mistreat women etc...) At RHS, they're so blase about human life they don't even bother to evacuate.
Curious November 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Why do you say kids hate RHS? Are there certain issues with the education, the building, the teachers, the BOE? Are some of the practices unfair? I'm curious why there is a dislike by the students. Is it fixable?
Henry Glawson November 15, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Because they're spoiled little delinquents who, likely due to their upbringing, feel that they're entitled to much more than they are. Sounds like RidgefieldParent is really a Ridgefield student.
Lynn C November 15, 2012 at 04:13 PM
@ Henry it seems that the other RHSParent removed their post.....this RHS Parent is not a student.....
Curious November 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I was hoping for an answer on why some people think the kids don't like RHS. No judgment on my part. If there is a problem, I'd like to know about it to see what can be done. Any students or parents out there care to comment?
sebastian dangerfield November 15, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Henry, I take it your parents were unsuccessful bitter people? is it fair to make any conclusions about levels of comfort here? Have you scoured police and court records to determine a correlation between bomb threat pranks, those in jail or prison, and well to do parents spoiling these criminals? Or do you just automatically default to this stance? If someone would say " probably a kid from affordable housing with no proper parental guidance, would you find that reasonable?
Curious November 15, 2012 at 05:31 PM
On the bomb threat, I think the school shouldn't do nothing. You don't have the option of saying it is PROBABLY a prank. Because one day, somewhere in this country, it won't be a prank. So you can't take the liberty of just ignoring the bomb threat. Maybe you don't have to clear the building, but you need to do something. I think this should take the form of getting the police to fingerprint the wall. It is not possible to write on a wall without leaning on the wall. So there are prints present. RPD should go in and get them. They should send 5 police cars, sirens blaring. They should put yellow police tape on the entire school corridor involved. They should have several people going in and out of the building carrying evidence bags, especially when students are in the hallways between classes. In other words, they should make a big todo about it. All while getting the fingerprints. Then the school should send a note to the students and parents pointing out the fingerprints have been taken and even if a match isn't in the files today, there will be a hit on those prints at some point in the future, whether it's a year from now or 10 years from now. Soon enough, every employer will fingerprint new employees. There will be a match on those prints one day. And then the culprit is facing 20 years in prison. Do this and there will be no more bomb threats at RHS. But you can't just sit on your thumbs and do nothing.
sebastian dangerfield November 15, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Appatently there are csi watchers out there with a presumption that police and school administrators have no understanding of detective work, no understanding that bomb threats are serious and zero awareness of tragedies that have occured in other places. Yellow tape! At least someone is thinking! Fingerprints! Cops never think of these things. These are awesome ideas. I just hope the detectives read patch! God help us all, if they dont.
Henry Glawson November 16, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Luca- what the hell are you even talking about? Let me guess- you read something by Jung or Freud once, and now you think that you've developed some magical ability to extrapolate conclusions about my life based on a 65 character patch post. Levels of comfort? What is that even referring to? Your Laz-Z boy, which you apprarently spend the majority of your day in- judging by the plethora of poorly organized and grammatically questionable posts that you mercilessly inflict upon the Patch each day? I don't need to convene an elaborate statistical analysis of criminal behavior to formulate an opinion of the typical RHS student; I went to RHS schools for 12 years, so I have extensive, relatively recent experience in this realm. Maybe you could tell us about the log cabin you were educated in. Or did I hear Ivy League? Ironic considering 90% of the people you debate on these forums steamroll you.
Henry Glawson November 16, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Good thing you're here then, detective Cruz. Why don't you impress us with your extensive experience in this field?
Henry Glawson November 16, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Luca- Do you eventually attack everyone on this forum? Maybe I'll dip into my own psychological bag of tricks and suggest that you have an inferiority complex and an uncontrollable need to impose your opinion and desired air of electronic superiority on others, likely the result of a perceived pattern of under-appreciation and lack of recognition for the entirety of your personal and professional life. The most unfortunate thing is that I generally agree with your posts. Unfortunately, your posts are usually so poorly worded, disorganized, and hair-brained that the idea behind your writing gets lost within the literary train wrecks that you routinely subject readers of this forum to. Every now and then, we all pick fights we shouldn't have. Why don't you let this one go, lest I need to verbally lambaste you again on these pages.
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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