Parents call for better security at Middletown schools

Hundreds of parents have signed a petition calling for changes and better security within the school district.

Hundreds of parents have signed a petition calling for changes and better security within the school district. (1/7/16)

MIDDLETOWN - Parents packed a Board of Education meeting at Presidential Park Elementary School Thursday after a 9-year-old girl in the district allegedly threatened to harm students in school.

Police say a Maple Hill third-grader left a voicemail on Dec. 26. The voicemail threatened to harm kids heading back after the holiday break.

The message was found Monday when the school reopened. In less than two hours, police had the girl in custody.

At least a half-dozen fake terror threats have been called into Middletown schools over the last few months. About 200 parents have signed a petition calling for changes and better security within the school district.

The girl has been charged with making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment. She was released from police custody, but is due in court Monday.

Maple Hill notified parents by letter about the latest threat and said that at no time were students in danger.

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