Parent arrested for son's explosive at school

The mother of a Stratford Academy Johnson House student, Lisa Marie Miguel, 44, of Stratford was arrested on Friday, June 6, after her child brought what police call “a simulated hand grenade” to school for a show-and-tell lesson, a stay-put order was placed on the school, and some students were evacuated from their classrooms.

Connecticut State Police Bomb squad, which was called to the Johnson House school by Stratford Police, reported that “the simulated hand grenade could combust and cause damage to property and persons within a 15 to 20 foot radius,” according to a police report.

Local police charged Miguel with reckless endangerment, possession of an explosive device and risk of injury to a minor.

The incident arose when Miguel’s 12 year old son brought the hand grenade to school for a lesson regarding World War II. According to Stratford Police Capt. Paul DosSantos the teacher alerted a school administrator immediately upon observing the item, and the administrator immediately removed the item and placed it outside the school building in a courtyard.

All students located in classrooms near the courtyard were evacuated from their classrooms to the auditorium, and the ‘stay put’ was initiated at the until the item was safely removed from the property, DosSantos said.

The state bomb technician safely removed the simulated hand grenade from the area to properly dispose the item.

Miguel reported to police that the simulated hand grenade was given to her by her deceased father as a gift from his military days. When her son told her about the World War II ‘show and tell’ lesson at school Miguel gave the simulated grenade to her son to bring to school. Police say that Miguel thought the grenade was a dud.

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