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Wooster Middle School Temporarily Locked Down

Police say there was no threat to the school, but four males in possession of two BB guns were taken into custody in the woods behind the building.


A report of four men carrying two weapons behind David Wooster Middle School led to a temporary lockdown of the Lincoln Street building this afternoon.

Stratford Deputy Police Chief Joseph McNeil said there was no threat to the school, students or faculty. The lockdown was a safety measure taken as a precaution due to the proximity of the incident, he said.

McNeil said that an anonymous call came in at about 12:15 p.m. reporting the presence of four men carrying two weapons in the woods behind the school. Police responded and quickly apprehended the males, whose identities have not yet been released.

Officers also took possession of two BB guns, McNeil said. The men were reportedly going to have target practice in the woods, he added.

The lockdown lasted for about 20 minutes.

"There is no BB guns allowed in the Town of Stratford," McNeil said.

Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.

Chris January 08, 2013 at 07:05 PM
"There is no BB guns allowed in the Town of Stratford," McNeil said. Man, I hate it when the police don't actually know the law. There is a law in Stratford pertaining to the retail selling of BB guns. It doesn't cover the possession of such by a private individual. Since by law a BB gun is not considered a firearm, Stratford doesn't even have a law covering the discharge of a BB gun. http://ecode360.com/9063996 Now, it's still exceptionally stupid to be walking behind the school with a bb gun, and getting cuffed and stuffed hopefully made that point, but let's not over-react. There is nothing here that says they did anything illegal or intended any harm to anyone.
Robert Chambers January 08, 2013 at 07:18 PM
If you want to know the law, the LAST person you ask is a policeman.. Joe McNeil is a great guy but how can anyone be expected to know all the state laws and town ordinances. Can't hold BB guns or air rifles (or even airsoft or paintball) for sale in Stratford. There is an ordinance about the discharge.. the pellet cannot leave the property line of where you're shooting it. Going to the woods behind a school is an exceptionally POOR choice of places to go.
David January 08, 2013 at 07:36 PM
"getting cuffed and stuffed" - they need to do that to the parents. Kids should not "own the guns", the parents should own guns on behalf of kids and strick up bringing should be made to insure responsibility. This is a parenting problem.
Trevor Scofield January 08, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Mr Chambers... Walmart sells Airsoft guns IN Stratford so I think you might be wrong partially...
Robert Chambers January 08, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Are you sure? I've never seen them in the Stratford Walmart. Orange, West Haven yes... not Stratford... go check it out and report back.
Guy Falotico January 08, 2013 at 08:01 PM
How stupid do you have to be to think it's OK to walk behind a school carrying guns of any sort?
Daniel Mitchell January 08, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Whats up Coach Trevor
Daniel Mitchell January 08, 2013 at 08:23 PM
actually the law is "any weapon the fires a projectile" is illegal in Stratford Ct Yes the sell them in Stratford but the are not allowed
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:55 AM
No, it's illegal to sell them at retail it is not illegal to own them. Do you want me to post the information from the town attorney?
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:56 AM
RE: Whether the Town Code prohibits the sale or possession of an air gun or air rifle. ISSUE: Whether the Stratford Town Code prohibits the sale or possession of an air gun or air rifle. SHORT ANSWER: The Stratford Town code prohibits the sale or possession with the intent to sell of any air gun or air rifle. However, while the Town Code does not prohibit the possession or use of such weapons it does restrict how they may be used within Town limits.
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:56 AM
DISCUSSION: The issue presented is whether the Stratford Town Code prohibits the sale or possession of an air gun or air rifle. In order to answer this question, an analysis of the Stratford Town Code and the Connecticut General Statutes is instructive. As an initial matter, I have been unable to find any state law that restricts the sale of a BB gun or air rifle. As such, it appears that Connecticut municipalities may broadly regulate the sale of BB guns or air rifles, so long as it does not conflict with other state laws. See Kaluszka v. Town of E. Hartford, 46 Conn. Supp. 588, 591 (1999); affirmed by Kaluszka v. Town of E. Hartford, 60 Conn. App. 749 (2000).
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:57 AM
Section 212-1 of the Stratford Town Code prohibits the sale “at retail or possess[ion] with intent to sell at retail or with intent to use within the limits of the Town any air guns, rifles, pistols, spring guns or any other weapons or implement not a firearm which impels with force a pellet of any kind.” Section 212-1 defines the term "at retail" to mean the sale of less than one dozen (12) air guns, rifles, pistols, spring guns or other weapons or any sale to anyone that is not a bona fide dealer therein. Strat. Town Code § 212-1 (2012).
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:57 AM
In other words, the Stratford Town Code prohibits the sale of less than one dozen air guns, at retail, to any individual, but provides an exception to bona fide dealers who wish to buy such weapons. Furthermore, it is important to note that while the Stratford Town Code does not prohibit the possession of air guns; it does restrict their use within the Town limits. Such restriction is contained in Section 212-5(B) of the Stratford Town Code. Section 212-5(B) allows an individual to discharge a firearm on their private property or on another individuals private property with the consent of the landowner. Strat. Town Code § 212-5 (2012). Furthermore, such weapons may only be used so long as the necessary permits have been issued and the bullet itself does not physically leave the property. Id. However, Section 212-5 does not apply to law enforcement officers who fire their weapons while performing their duties, the firing of such weapons on a firing range or to individuals who have a valid hunting permit and who hunt on state lands. Id.
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:57 AM
We then turn to the relevant provisions of the state law for guidance on when an airsoft or BB gun may be carried or transported. Connecticut General Statutes (herein “C.G.S.”) § 29-38 restricts the transportation of BB guns in motor vehicles. That section provides that in order for a BB gun to be lawfully transported in a motor vehicle, it must be unloaded and stored in the trunk of that motor vehicle, or in a locked container other than the glove compartment. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 29-38(b)(4) (2012). Finally, C.G.S. § 53-206 regulates the unlawful carrying of a BB gun. C.G.S. § 53-206 states that any person who carries a BB gun on their person will be fined up to five hundred dollars or imprisoned for up to a maximum of three years. However, the carrying of a BB gun is allowed in the following situations: (1) when an individual takes part in a supervised event or competition of the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of America, or (2) while taking part in or transporting the weapon to any other authorized event or competition, or (3) on an individuals own private property or on the private property of another person with permission to carry the weapon on that property, and the transportation of the weapon to and from the property. Id. at (b)(5).
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 04:57 AM
CONCLUSION: The Stratford Town code prohibits the sale or possession with the intent to sell of any air gun or air rifle, except to a bona fide dealer. However, an air soft gun or rifle may be used within Town limits on an individual’s private property or on other private property with consent of the landowner. In either case, the bullets from such weapon may not physically leave the property. In addition, the Connecticut General Statutes provide that an individual may only transport a BB gun to and from the property where it may lawfully be used. Such gun must be unloaded and locked in a container other than the glove compartment or stored in the trunk of a motor vehicle.
Patricia Clark Sperling January 09, 2013 at 02:31 PM
Kudos to Interim Superintendent Margaret Lasek and the administration for how they dealt with this situation. I heard she was on the spot within minutes! Perhaps the BOE Board need look no further than her for their new Superintendent of Schools, forget the Interim!
Robert Chambers January 09, 2013 at 02:52 PM
She's been a great principal at SHS!
Armando Atanacio January 09, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Superintendent Margaret lasek is a fraud she probably was out with ex superintendent Irene Cornish on trying to figure out how to cover it up that's what they did to me. she nothing but for the money and check !! Got tapes emails and witnesses to prove it! How many more kids have to be threated or beaten for this women or town to take things right and with care?? Parents get this shady b.o.e out of town!!
Armando Atanacio January 09, 2013 at 10:31 PM
3 Hours later notIce? Letting kids graduate with 50% 47% averages ...taking bribs ..kids calling teachers homophobes because they try and be who they really are ..these are all real and all under her orders lets stop this non sense!!
Armando Atanacio January 09, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Channel 12 should look at her profile one more time!!! Ask the recent students she's delt with if she FAIR OR RESPONSIBLE !!!
John doe January 11, 2013 at 12:34 AM
1. They are not kids. All four are over 19 leave their parents out of it. 2. Walmart is completely at fault for selling the guns to them without warning. 3. There was no threat to the school, human or animals. Destroying the reputition of 4 college students on the news because of a very foolish mistake the made is totally unfair. Stratford residents have been shooting at targets in the woods for years and i know a lady who has been complaining about it for quiet a while. Nothing was done about it for years but the moment African American men plays with their plastic guns, they must be arrested and embarassed on the news.

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