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Trumbull Student Accused of School Shooting Threat

Police say he allegedly "made a threat to return to [Cooperative Education Services] in a manner similar to the tragedy in Newtown, CT, on Dec. 14, 2012."


An 18-year-old former student at Cooperative Education Services in Trumbull allegedly threatened to return to the school and start shooting.

James Patrick Ryan, of South Avenue in Stratford, has been charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of the peace.

Trumbull Police said officers responded to Cooperative Educational Services, located at 25 Oakview Drive, shortly after 10 a.m. this morning, Jan. 18.

"According to staff members, a student at the school [Ryan] was being told he could no longer return there. The student’s mother arrived to take him home and as he was leaving, he made a threat to return to the school in a manner similar to the tragedy in Newtown, on Dec. 14, 2012," said Trumbull Deputy Police Chief Michael Harry.

"Officers were immediately assigned to the school’s two locations and Detectives immediately prepared a search warrant for both the suspect and any weapons. The warrant was served in Stratford with the assistance of Stratford Police and was accomplished without incident," Harry said.

Ryan was held in lieu of $25,000 bond for an appearance Jan. 28 in Bridgeport Superior Court.

A representative from Cooperative Education Services was not immediately available for comment on Friday afternoon.

According to CES' Website, the school was created more than 40 years ago by Connecticut legislative mandate to "help neighboring school districts communicate and collaborate. C.E.S. is one of six regional educational service centers (RESCs) and a member of the RESC Alliance."

"The C.E.S. mission is to identify and provide quality educational opportunities to students, educators, families, and communities. It's our goal to provide innovative, cutting edge programs and services to meet the demands of our Fairfield County school districts and communities."

Wolfe January 18, 2013 at 09:21 PM
I do not care if this 18-year old "teen-ager" was just mad or what, he still made the threat to kill people and he is a legal adult. Given the location of Trumbull to Newtown (just a drive through Monroe), then the people working there SHOULD have taken this very seriously. His bail should have been higher----more like $2.5 million. It's time to wake up, folks. We have been coddling to gun enthusiasts because of the "right to bear arms". When that amendment was written back in the 1770's, there was no such thing as a semi-automatic or automatic gun. It took up to 5 minutes to load a gun for a single shot. Back then, the murder rate was almost non-existent. Look at it today. I don't think I need to write another word on this topic.
louis January 18, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Are you saying he called Newtown a 'tragedy'? Well then that would imply he had no intent to follow through on his advice. Have you ever wondered why we place more stock in what a staff person says instead of our own children? Look, lets hope he is treated fairly, as for wolfe, I agree, automatically, to ban assault weapons, if you agree to the automatic registration and allowance, without question for people to own a single shot rifle.
louis January 18, 2013 at 10:33 PM
By the way, what the heck is the Coorperative Education Services? Is that where they send the Trumbull class delinquents?
SoccerMom January 18, 2013 at 11:25 PM
Louis - The school has a program for emotional and developmentally disabled students.
louis January 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Thanks! I really had no idea how many children are considered developmentally disabled, I regret the use of the term delinquent. Now getting back to basics, what proof is there that he made a threat, how did he do so if he wasn';t allowed in the school, and did he have weapons of any kind to carry through with any threat, to make such a threat credible, because it appears right now, someone who is considered emotionally handicapped is sitting in jail without legal representation
louis January 18, 2013 at 11:48 PM
and were I chief executive of this town, I would recognize that such conditions would open up the potential of a lawsuit.
Anonymous January 19, 2013 at 12:20 AM
And Louis, our school is not just for delinquents. It's a school that helps kids like me with ADHD. So next time don't use the term delinquent because that's just offensive to me, and everyone else. Thank you
SoccerMom January 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
I'm glad you are okay Anonymous. Thank you for sharing your story . CES is a great place and it sounds like they were on top of this. I hope the rest of your year goes well.
Fidgty January 19, 2013 at 06:13 PM
As a well respected business professional that grew up with ADHD, I find it incredibly offensive that Louis refers to individuals at CES as "delinquents". Maybe he expects everyone to be as perfect as he is..
louis January 19, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Sorry, but I also took Psych 101, ADHD, Aspergers and other illness' are neither violent nor threatening. It would be nice to get the real facts of the story out there, because being held on a bond of $25,000 for making a threat in a school which he was not supposed to be at (with the security they have) makes the entire story suspect. If there were competent defense counsels or citizens, you would start to see a pattern here. You cannot simply get rid of the people you like and were I a judge, reading anonymous' comments, one has to wonder whether they proved the child, or that it appears some kind of setup. Either way, a person who was 'emotionally' handicapped was detained, possibly illegally and there should be consequences to that, whether you like it or not
louis January 19, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Sorry, but I also took Psych 101, ADHD, Aspergers and other illness' are neither violent nor threatening. It would be nice to get the real facts of the story out there, because being held on a bond of $25,000 for making a threat in a school which he was not supposed to be at (with the security they have) makes the entire story suspect. If there were competent defense counsels or citizens, you would start to see a pattern here. You cannot simply get rid of the people you like and were I a judge, reading anonymous' comments, one has to wonder whether they provoked the child, or that it appears some kind of setup. Either way, a person who was 'emotionally' handicapped was detained, possibly illegally and there should be consequences to that, whether you like it or not. A follow up question is, well what happens to this child next? When was his diagnosed? Was he misdiagnosed? What is the purpose of CES if not to render these individuals competent for society? He is 18, is this his first offense? Why hasn't he graduated? Have you simply gotten tired of storing him in an educational facility and now you think its time he was housed in a criminal detention facility, also state run? Because this entire story seems suspect and I am sorry but when we start to disproportionately ruin people, there had better be a good reason.
louis January 19, 2013 at 06:33 PM
And you cannot arrest someone on a threat, unless a reasonable person has reason to believe he will act on that threat. If you knew he had illegal guns, why were they not confiscated. All too convenient, these stories are. Was he medicated, if so, then surely they did not have the desired effect. Was this all at taxpayer expense?
Pat M January 20, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Anonymous, Please don't tell Louis your sorry for your remarks!!! Louis is a total AH for the comment's he has made. What is he talking about that you can't arrest someone for making threats. Louis take a break from posting and get a life.
Anonymous January 20, 2013 at 04:27 PM
ces.k12.ct.us There's the web address to my school. If you look over the website, you will see that I am 100% right that its a (helpful) school.
Anonymous January 20, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Here is a link to the program I am in at CES: http://www.ces.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=3339 CES IS A GOOD SCHOOL! Everyone else shut it because I don't care about what you think!
Anonymous January 20, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Read this as well: http://www.ces.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=3326

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