UPDATED: Student charged with making ‘Newtown’ threat had history of behavior problems

James Patrick Ryan

The 18-year-old student at Cooperative Educational Services who allegedly threatened a Newtown-like shooting had a history of behavioral problems at the school, according to Trumbull Police.

James Patrick Ryan, of Stratford, attended the Oakview Drive school that provides services to a range of special needs students. The school has programs for students with problems ranging from emotional and behavioral to speech and psychological needs.

According to Deputy Chief Michael Harry, Ryan, who turns 19 next month, was told Friday morning, Jan. 18, that he could no longer attend the school. His mother went to pick him up, and as they were leaving, Ryan made a threat referencing the recent school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

Specifically, the police report quoted Ryan as saying he “was going to go Sandy Hook on this school.”

Trumbull police immediately stationed officers outside the two locations of Cooperative Educational Services, while detectives were granted an arrest warrant for Ryan and a search warrant for any weapons in his home. Stratford police executed the warrants and took Ryan into custody without incident.

The search at 1181 South Avenue in Stratford turned up several shotgun shells. Police said Ryan’s father owns a shotgun, but the gun is stored in Vermont and was not seized.

Ryan was charged with second-degree threatening and second-degree breach of peace. Bond was $25,000 for court Jan. 28.

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