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Bomb Squad at Harborside: What Happened?

A threatening note was reportedly found in the Milford middle school.

Update at 2:04 p.m. on May 25:

At 8:30 a.m. this morning, was evacuated and students were escorted to the following a theatrening letter.  said that a bomb squad, State Police and emergency services were at Harborside due to the "nature of the threat."

At 9:00 a.m., students from Harborside Middle School were transported from Parsons to .

Harborside Principal Gordon Beinstein said that the transition from Harborside to Law went "very smoothly" and "couldn't have gone better."

Parent began picking up Harborside students from Law and by 11:45 a.m., only 130 of the 620 Harborside students were left at Law.

Jonathan Law Principal Francis Thomas noted that the Harborside students were gathered in the school's gymnasium after arriving. Students watched the 2003 Cuba Gooding Jr. film "Radio" using audio from the PA system.

Update at 11:40 p.m. on May 25:

Harborside teachers have been told that students and teachers will be brought back to Harborside at 12:30 p.m.

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The original report follows:

was evacuated this morning when a threatening note was discovered in the downtown Milford school.

Police spokesman Jeff Nielsen told Patch that the bomb squad, state police and other emergency services are at Harborside due to the nature of the threat.

Students were first taken to the nearby Parsons Government Center and then transported to , where many parents are now picking up their children. There have been no reports of injuries.

According to Pam Griffin, administrative assistant to the superintendent, this is the message that was sent to all Harborside Middle Schol parents via the automatic school messenger system (via phone call) from Dr. Elizabeth Feser, Superintendent of Schools:

This morning we received an anonymous threat against the Harborside building. We immediately notified the police who asked us to evacuate the students as a precaution. The students have already been moved to Jonathan Law High School. Let me underscore that all of the students are safe. 

The State Police have also been notified and are working with the Milford Police Department.  

Milford Patch will continue to provide more information as it becomes available.

How do you think the district is handling this situation?

Fritz Photography (Bill Fritz) May 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I think that this was handled swiftly and properly. How could someone threaten a school? Thats just sad.
Priscilla Lynn May 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Yikes! I never like to think anything bad can happen in my lovely City, but the world just keeps getting crazier and crazier. I never had these kinds of concerns raising my children who attended the Trumbull school system, but my heart leaped to my throat thinking about how terrified the Harborside children - and their parents - were with this scenario. I pray for the safety of the Harborside Middle School children and staff, and throw in a prayer for my 3 grandchildren living in Virginia in the hopes they never have to experience such craziness and terror.
Priscilla Lynn May 25, 2012 at 04:28 PM
P.S. forgot to state that, from what I read, this situation was handled swiftly and appropriately.
Cal m May 25, 2012 at 05:01 PM
I go to Harborside and alot of my friends were shaking and rying and it was really scary
123abc May 25, 2012 at 05:23 PM
i go to harborside too and this was not handled very well. it was chaos, not organized, and everyone was nervous. i hope that if this ever happens again that they will have a better plan.
Colette Lattanzi May 25, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I do wonder if someone just wanted a longer holiday weekend....not making the issue a joke just saying its possible
Rebecca May 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
From the perspective of a parent with an 8th grader at Harborside, I felt the situation was handled as well as could be expected or hoped for. We were kept well informed of actions as they were taken, and the school reacted in a manner appropriate to the threat. My daughter had nothing but praise for the faculty and administrators, saying they were calm, organized and above all, honest. Teenagers appreciate honesty when it is offered and know when it is being withheld. I will also add that this is a perfect example of why I will ALWAYS advocate for the privilege of my child to have their phone with them at school. A mass phone call from the superintendent is helpful, but nothing, NOTHING can replace the feeling of sheer thankfulness and peace when a parent receives a text from their child during times like these saying, "I'm ok, mom."
Jennifer Lynch May 25, 2012 at 07:41 PM
My son is a 6th grader at Harborside and I have to say that the communication we receive as parents from the principal is amazing. It was very nerve wracking to get that automated call today but I felt that he was in very good hands. I hope whom ever wrote the note realizes that it was not a joke and even more so I'd love to see them be accountable for their actions.
Monica May 26, 2012 at 12:29 PM
It's great to hear from parents that it was handled well.
Jack May 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
The situation was handled perfectly and we as parents received several updates throughout the morning (both phone calls and emails). It is hard to imagine having to not only evacuate a building of 600 adolescents but to move them from one location to another and then put all of them onto busses.had to be quite an undertaking! I truly believe as a parent that this is just one more example of why we have such.confidence in the staff and administrators at our schools in town---here is a moment we need to thank the people who take care of our children every day--they do an amazing job! I hope that whoever left the note now realizes that jokes or pranks can seem funny at first but once something turns into what happened yesterday things become very serious very quickly!
Heidi May 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
My son is a 7th grader at Harborside and he was safely home by 10:30 a.m. due to the efficiency and professionalism of the Harborside (and Johnathan Law) staff. I've always been a fan of Harborside but now I'm especially grateful that my son is in such wonderful hands. You rock Harborside!
Heidi May 26, 2012 at 03:30 PM
My son was able to borrow a friend's phone to call me but he agreed that he should start bringing his phone to school.
Brian May 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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