By TAYLOR HARTZ
Southington resident Gregory R. Daly was arrested on Oct. 20, after threats made to a Southington High School (SHS) staff member led four schools to be placed under “secure school status” on Tuesday morning.
The Southington police Department received reports at 8:15a.m., that a SHS staff member had been threatened.
As a precaution, SHS, DePaolo Middle School, and Flanders and Hatton elementary schools were placed under “secure school status” – during this time the schools continued with normal activities, but received extra security measures with no one permitted to enter or exit the buildings.
The secure status was lifted at 9:40a.m., after an investigation determined there was no threat to the schools.
“I think we did very well,” said Superintendent of Schools Timothy Connellan, “it was precautionary, we worked well with the Southington Police Department, and we took it one step at a time.”
Connellan said SHS Principal Brian Stranieri and the staff at the high school did “an outstanding job” ensuring the safety of the students.
Daly, 42, had made personal threats to the staff member following a dispute.
He was found in his 48 Burwell Ave., home on Tuesday, where he was charged with breach of peace, threatening in the first degree, and harassment in the second degree.
Daly was taken into custody and seven firearms were seized from the home.
He is being held on a $500,000 bond and will appear in Bristol Superior Court on Oct. 21.