Wilton PD: Schools had ‘day without incident’ after social media threat rumors

Increased police activity saw a day without incident on Friday in Wilton after rumored social media threats.

Increased police activity saw a day without incident on Friday in Wilton after rumored social media threats.

Alex von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media

WILTON — Schools had a “day without incident” on Dec. 17 after police increased their presence due to rumors of threats made on social media.

Police Capt. Robert Cipolla said Monday that the concerns derived from social media did not materialize at the school buildings. These rumors originated from the social media app TikTok and come after a number of school hoaxes in the state in recent weeks.

The Wilton Police Department employs two school resource officers. One is designated strictly for the high school while the other oversees the district’s other three schools.

On Friday, Cipolla said, an extra police presence was assigned for the schools. Superintendent Kevin Smith wrote a letter to the district on Thursday addressing the rumors and said the district was in communication with the department.

In the “age of social media,” Cipolla said, the department has seen similar anonymous social media rumors about once every school year that consitute monitoring and possible added presence at the schools.

Often times, tthe threats are determined by police not be credible, but rather “social media banter,” Cipolla said.