No explosives found at high school after threat leads to early dismissal

Update: Police said Ridgefield High School has been cleared and no bomb has been found as of 4:35 p.m. Friday.

Students at the high school were dismissed at 10:45 a.m. today — Friday, Jan. 18 — after a written bomb threat was reportedly found in the school earlier in the day.

Ridgefield Police Capt. Shawn Platt said state police swept the building for explosives with bomb-sniffing dogs.

“We contacted the Connecticut State Police bomb squad and they conducted a sweep of the school and did not find anything suspicious," Platt told The Press at 4:35 p.m. Friday. School Resource Officer Fernando Luis was on duty, and advised the school administration and contacted the department, Platt said.

Platt said the matter is still under investigation.

A high school parent told The Press Friday morning that the threat was found written in a girls bathroom, which Platt confirmed.

He said the school plans to open on a normal schedule Tuesday, after the Martin Luther King holiday.

The superintendent's office said police were immediately notified of the threat and began to investigate.

“Administrators from Ridgefield Public Schools and Ridgefield Police Department determined that there was no immediate threat to students or staff, but out of an abundance of caution Ridgefield High School will be dismissing early at 10:45am,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. JeanAnn Paddyfote, in a letter home to parents Friday.