Though it wasn’t planned as part of last week’s walkout demonstration, Trumbull High students received a message that school violence can happen anywhere when police arrested a 16-year-old student for an online threat to “shoot up” the school. The arrest was on the same day students conducted a 17-minute walkout in honor of the lives lost in last month’s school shooting in Florida.
“It’s crazy it happened, but it was impressive how the police handled it quickly and silently and no one knew until the word was out [after the arrest],” said Jenna Zakhour, one of the walkout’s student organizers. “I was surprised someone would do such a thing at Trumbull High. But yet again, this can happen at any school.”