Shelton superintendent: High school bomb threat didn’t appear valid

School Supt. Freeman Burr said the bomb threat involving Shelton High School on Thursday afternoon was left in a voice-mail message on his administrative assistant’s phone line at the central office of the Shelton Public Schools.

The call with the message came in at about 1:20 p.m., and was immediately forwarded to him. It was a male voice and “sounded like someone disguising their voice,” Burr said.

The message involved a specific location on the campus grounds and kind of device, which enabled police to quickly check out its validity.

Police rushed to the scene

Burr immediately contacted the Shelton police, who rushed to the scene with fire officials.

A decision was made not to evacuate the facility because the school was about to dismiss, checking the location of the specific threat only took a few minutes, and students and staff may have been asked to stay inside the building anyway due to the threat location.

“We would have maintained shelter in place much longer if it appeared more valid,” Burr said.

‘Details didn’t fit’

Burr said there are other reasons why the threat appeared to be fake besides the caller apparently trying to disguise his voice. “Some of the details didn’t fit,” he said.

He said it was decided not to send out a message to parents at the time because the validity of the threat was checked out so quickly and there was limited information to disseminate before the situation was resolved.

“We didn’t think the threat was valid but we did have to investigate,” he said. “Then we quickly knew it was not valid.”

School SRO assisted at scene

After the message was received, Burr said Shelton High administrators were able to work closely with the school resource officer (police officer) at the scene.

The superintendent said “crank threats” involving the schools are received from time to time.