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Derby student charged withe-mail threats

March 14, 2001

DERBY — A 14-year-old Derby High School student was arrested Tuesday for allegedly e-mailing threats of violence directed at his school, police said.

The youth, who was not identified due to his age, was arrested at 4 p.m. and charged with breach of peace and threatening, said Officer Sal Forsceno.

The arrest was made without incident, and the suspect was released into his parents' custody pending a March 23 appearance in juvenile court, Forsceno said.

Authorities would only say that the message threatened violence to the entire school, and offered little elaboration on its contents.

"The Derby Police Department takes this matter very seriously, as the well-being and safety of our children is the highest priority to us," Forsceno said in a prepared statement.

The threat or threats were received Monday. Police were notified and cooperated with Derby High School Principal Charles DiCenso in the investigation, Forsceno said.

Classes went on as usual Tuesday, but four officers were assigned to the school.

At the same time, authorities worked with America Online and SNET security to trace the e-mail back to the 14-year-old, Forsceno said.

School officials and other law enforcement officers involved in the case were unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

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