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Windham Tech Students Expelled Over Threat

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Three students have been expelled from Windham Technical High School amid an investigation into threats involving a list of staff and students.

State Department of Education spokesman Tom Murphy tells The Associated Press that Connecticut State Police launched an investigation following a confrontation between two students on April 15. He said Monday that the list was discovered after the students were interviewed.

“Sufficient evidence was found to conduct an investigation at the school level as well as to summon state police,” he said.

“The evidence and activities appear to have all been off-campus.

At no time were any students at the school in danger.”

Murphy did not disclose the nature of the threats. He said the list included names of administrators, faculty and students. A state police spokesman said he was not immediately aware of the case.

Murphy said he could not release the names of the students, and he did not know their ages.

Windham Town Manager Neal Beets said the town had not been made aware of the incident, but said that because Windham is a state-run school they have very little interaction with the administration.

He said the school has a good reputation, and there have been few problems there.

“Apparently something went right if they discovered the threats before they actually were put into place,” he said.

Windham Tech, which opened in 1928, has more than 520 students from 20 eastern Connecticut towns. It and is one of 16 technical high schools that train students in 38 trades and technical specialties. The state has run the system for more than 100 years, starting in 1910 with trade schools in New Britain and Bridgeport.

Students at the school get regular high school degrees in a college prep curriculum and training in fields ranging from plumbing to automotive mechanics to machine drafting. There are about 10,000 students in the system and 5,500 adults also take apprentice training part time at the schools.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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