Police: Social media threat prompts early dismissal at Eli Whitney in Hamden

Troopers are on scene at Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden, Conn., on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, after a social media threat was reported, police said.

Troopers are on scene at Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden, Conn., on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021, after a social media threat was reported, police said.

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HAMDEN — A local technical school is dismissing students Monday morning as authorities continue to investigate a social media threat referencing a weapon, according to Connecticut State Police and school officials.

Around 9:45 a.m., State Police Troop I in Bethany said they were alerted by a parent that a student saw a social media threat that was “interpreted to be related” to Eli Whitney Technical High School in Hamden.

The school principal was contacted and the building went into lockdown. Troopers have responded to the school and continue to investigate, state police said. Local police also responded to the school to offer assistance.

Kerry Markey, director of communications for Connecticut Technical Education and Career Sytem, said Eli Whitney was made aware of a threat referencing a weapon on social media. Markey said the building was evacuated and students and staff are being sent home for the day.

Hamden High School is closed Monday and Tuesday this week after also being closed last Friday following separate threats. Hamden police continue to investigate.

In New Haven, police are investigating as Wilbur Cross High was also locked down due to a gun threat, officials said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.