13-year-old charged over threaten to bring gun to Brookfield school

MICHAEL ROKNICK | HeraldA police car sits in front of the Brookfield Local School District complex Thursday morning. As a precaution, Brookfield police said they provided extra security at the school after a student allegedly threatened to bring a gun to school. A 13-year-old boy was charged in the incident.

BROOKFIELD – A 13-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with inducing panic in the Brookfield Local School District, police said.

Brookfield police Chief Dan Faustino announced in a press release Thursday that his department received a call from district Superintendent Toby Gibson around 9 p.m. Wednesday about a possible threat of a student bringing a gun to school.

“Throughout the evening and into the overnight, numerous students were interviewed to identify the student allegedly making the statement,’’ Faustino said in the release.

Contact was made with the student and the threat was assessed by investigators, police said.

“Due to the late hours, and investigators being able to mitigate the threat, arrangements were made for the student to remain with a parent while the investigation continued,’’ the statement read.

Police said the investigation continued Thursday with more student interviews. As a result, a suspect was arrested, charged and placed at the Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center on a felony charge.

The student’s name wasn’t revealed, because he is a juvenile.

“The police department provided additional staffing for the start of the school day and also retained an officer in the school for the day to provide an extra measure of security and comfort to the students, staff and families,’’ the police statement read.

Gibson said in a statement Thursday that the officers and extra security were added as a precaution and that the district was assured by police that there was no imminent threat to students or staff.

Faustino wasn’t available for comment or to provide details on the investigation and arrest late Thursday afternoon.

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