New Milford High School principal says no threat to students, staff as 'Secure School' is activated

NEW MILFORD — Guests were barred from entering New Milford High School on Thursday morning as the school district tightened security "out of an abundance of precaution," the principal said.

New Milford High School Principal Ray Manka said there was no threat to students or educators, but it's unclear what prompted the decision and what exact security procedures the school implemented. 

“Today school staff received information, which out of an abundance of precaution, resulted in the activation of our NMPS (New Milford Public Schools) Secure School response at NMHS,” Manka said in a message just before noon on Thursday. “There was no direct threat to students or staff at any time. We ask for patience as any student with early dismissal may be delayed, and guests will not be able to enter, until the Secure School is completed. I commend our staff and students who are following our practiced procedures. At this time we believe that all after school activities will be on as scheduled.”

New Milford police directed questions to the school board. The school board chair and principal didn't return multiple requests for comment.