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Grenade Brought to Stratford School, Triggers Emergency Response

Grenade was similar to ones used by the Army during simulations

File photo
File photo

A World War II school lesson turned all too real at one Stratford school on Friday. 

A Stratford Academy student brought in a “simulator hand grenade” to share with the class, which touched off an emergency response by police and fire crews, said Maureen DiDomenico, who is the school’s principal. 

In a notice sent home to parents, she wrote the grenade was removed from the building. Classrooms that were adjacent to where the grenade was were evacuated to the auditorium. 

The building was placed in “Stay Put,” which means staff and students remained in their class until they were directed it was safe to leave, the principal wrote. 

“The authorities determined that the devise was one used by the Army during simulations, similar in nature to a firecracker,” DiDomenico wrote. “The device was removed from the premises by the proper authorities. Please know that the safety of our students and staff is always of the utmost importance to us.” 

The school is located at 719 Birdseye Street. It's unclear where the student got the grenade from. 

Norm Brody June 09, 2014 at 09:48 AM
I did exactly the same thing when I was in 3rd grade (1959). My dad had some WWll memorabilia- his helmet, decorations, photos & the dummy grenade.
Thomas Johnson June 09, 2014 at 02:11 PM
It was certainly a different world when I brought to St Mary's school, in the 1950's, my great-great grandfather's Civil War carbine, bayonet and sword to show and tell the class. The nun - teacher was most appreciative of my efforts and the class loved it. There was no lock-down or response by the single resident State Trooper. Oh, no one was killed, injured or had their feelings hurt...
Peace June 24, 2014 at 05:31 PM
For crying out loud. Can you possibly let this go? The kid didn't bring it to school to blow it up. It was show and tell. I again will say I don't know the kid or his mother. But let it go. Before you know it we will have a SWAT team on the roof of the Academy and armed guards at the door frisking our kids and taking away sharpened pencils
Igor June 24, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Congrat Dave Lersch you made the dumbest remark so far this week
Dave Lersch June 24, 2014 at 10:58 PM
Igor. Really? What didn't you like about what I said several weeks ago?

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