FAIRFIELD — An increased police presence at town schools Thursday was to ease any concerns after a 16-year-old boy from Texas called Fairfield police claiming he had information on a possible school shooting threat.
Fairfield police got a call around 5:18 p.m. Wednesday from an apparent young man who said he knew someone who wanted to “shoot up” a school, the department said Thursday. He asked about how to report that information, but then hung up the phone. He did not mention a specific school or town.
The department’s investigation division immediately launched into an investigation and were able to quickly find out that the phone number was associated with an IP address originating in Texas. Police said these were tell-tale signs of a “spoof” call.
“At that time there was a high level of confidence that this was not a credible threat,” police said.
Detectives continued the investigation regardless and contacted the Houston County Sheriff Department in Texas, which was able to help in locating and making contact with the male caller.
Sheriff deputies interviewed the 16-year-old caller and his mother. The mother told investigators her son had been diagnosed with “several mental health issues,” police said.
The boy told the deputies he made the call but did not actually know of anyone planning to shoot up a school. Police said he told investigators he made the call because he “saw someone else make a similar call.”
After this, Fairfield police and the sheriff department were satisfied that the individual did not pose any threat to any individual or school and police determined the threat was not credible.
To keep the community informed, police said, the school district sent out a number of notifications about the incident and threat.
“We understand there may still be a sense of unease among parents and students alike,” police said. “The Fairfield Police Department’s top priority is the safety of our community.”
To ensure a sense of safety and security, Fairfield police had an increased police presence at the schools Thursday morning.