Public forum tonight on bomb threats at city school; teen arrested in Chippens Hill case

The City of Bristol will be hosting a public forum tonight at 6 p.m. at Bristol Eastern High School, 632 King St. to address the recent bomb scare incidents that have occurred at school buildings.

The forum is open to the public and is designed to share the most up-to-date information.  Officials will also present plans for future incidents.

Thus far, there have been bomb threats at Bristol Central, Bristol Eastern, and St. Paul Catholic high school, Northeast and Chippens Hill middle schools, and Stafford  and Edgewood elementary schools.

The speakers will include Mayor Ken Cockayne, Superintendent of Schools Ellen Solek, and Police Chief Thomas R. Grimaldi.

The forum comes the day after a press conference when city officials pledged to take legal action, institute school sanctions, and seek financial restitution from those responsible.

Police have said they believe each incident is an isolated case, with the perpetrators playing “copy cat.”

Additionally, a 13-year-old was arrested in connection with the Chippens Hill incident.

Police reported  following an investigation by the Bristol Police Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division and the Youth Division resulted a 13-year-old student from the school was arrested.

Police said the student was charged with falsely reporting an incident in the first degree, breach of peace in the second degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree and threatening in the first degree. The student was referred to the Juvenile Court in New Britain. Both charges are felonies.

 Under Connecticut General Statute 46b-124, police said the juvenile’s name cannot be released nor any information concerning the details of the arrest.