WILTON — With just days to go before school reopens on Monday, Wilton First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice has received complaints about two events that she said drew large groups of youth and some adults.

The first was a scavenger hunt that took place over the weekend. A photo showing about 40 teen-aged girls was posted on Facebook, and ignited nearly 200 comments on Wilton 412.

The photo, which showed the girls crowded together and not wearing masks, drew criticism from a number of people about not following safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

The second complaint Vanderslice received was regarding a reported gathering of 20 to 30 school-aged children and some adults at Merwin Meadows after the park closed. She said she was bringing both events up at a meeting of the Emergency Operations Center Monday morning.

Vanderslice said she did not have all the details, but explained the town has a “municipal designee” with the authority to investigate the complaints. There is an enforcement mechanism that allows for fines to be issued, if appropriate.

Vanderslice said that if the reports of what happened were true, she considered the behavior “reckless.”

“It’s selfish as far as I’m concerned. We spend over $80 million on schools, we are spending $700,000 more under COVID. To have people put at risk others coming back to a safe environment is disturbing.”

She said “all members of this community, child or adult,” must be responsible for their behavior.

As of Monday morning, there had not been a discussion between the Board of Education and Health Director Barry Bogle, but the board scheduled a special meeting for 5 p.m. Tuesday with school reopening on the agenda as a possible action item.

According to a number of messages posted online, the scavenger hunt is a “legacy” event attended by some Wilton High School students each year to kick off the new school year.

According to one person who commented, the photo was originally posted on her personal Facebook page, then reposted on the 412 site.

While many of the posts devolved into name-calling that was off the topic, others expressed concern over what could result from such a gathering. Officials and health experts are warning of the risks of gathering as Danbury is experiencing a sudden surge in cases.

“Until people buy into the science of social distancing and masks,” one person wrote, life won’t return to “pre-COVID.” She wondered if any thought was given to a possible spike in cases as a result of the gathering.

The event comes after Vanderslice alerted the community on the town website that four new coronavirus cases had been reported in Wilton by the state Department of Public Health from Aug. 19 and 20. Since March, the town has had 247 COVID-19 cases.

To that end, another post brought up the possibility that if one of the girls had been in contact with a positive person recently, there’s a chance several of them might be positive as well. “Next week, those girls are going to go to school and put my kids at risk, and that in turn will put my family at risk,” she said.

A high school senior said although the hunt was disappointing, “all of the people involved are very smart and kind, they may have just had a lapse in judgment after being cooped up all summer … I want to have fun senior year as much as the next person, but the only way for that to be a possibility second semester is to be responsible now.”