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School Shooting Threats Made in Notebook Lead to Stoughton High Student’s Arrest

An 18-year-old Stoughton High student was arrested after a teacher discovered a notebook containing plans for a school shooting.

A student faces charges after a notebook containing “disturbing plans for a school shooting type attack” was discovered by a teacher and turned over to , according to Executive Officer Robert Devine.

Devine said these threats were allegedly written back in August, but were discovered towards the end of the school day on Friday, April 13, SHS Principal Matt Colantonio said.

The student, 18-year-old Sean Ivaldi, has been arrested. He was arraigned on Friday, April 20, and held after a dangerousness hearing on Monday, April 23, Devine said.

The student is charged with four counts of threats to commit a crime; terroristic threats; and disturbing a school assembly.

In an email sent out to subscribers of the Stoughton High listserv on April 24, Colantonio wrote:

“A student's notebook was turned into the main office by a teacher. This notebook contained some written threats directed towards a few specific students and some staff members. The administration followed standard safety protocol. The student was removed from the high school by administration and Stoughton Police without incident.

“Those mentioned specifically in the writing were contacted immediately. Students and staff at SHS were never in any danger, and the incident is being handled by the proper authorities at this point. Stoughton Police and the high school administration worked cooperatively in addressing the situation.”

In a follow-up phone call, Colantonio said that the student has been removed from Stoughton High and there is no safety risk for those mentioned in the notebook.

The student told police that he didn’t plan on carrying out what was written in the notebook, according to Devine, but Devine said the notebook had “enough detail and concerning material.”

The student was interviewed by police detectives on April 13, evaluated, and then arrested, Devine said.

Devine said police are “confident” this student was the only one involved and police are “confident” the student had no access to firearms.

Still, Devine said that the police “can’t take the chance. [We] have to take it seriously.”

Colantonio said while it is an “unwanted situation,” school administration were quickly able to contain it.

Devine said this is a case where “the system worked.” The situation was immediately brought to the attention of Juvenile Detective Roger Hardy, Devine said. He said the police and schools have a “very good” long standing working relationship.

Devine said the police “would much rather deal” with a case like this where there are “charges for a potential crime,” than having to deal with “charges for a tragedy.”

SoxFan April 27, 2012 at 07:51 PM
By Lauren Jiggetts, NBC 5 Chicago The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting the expulsion of three Northwest Indiana girls for a Facebook conversation resembling a school "hit list." The ACLU filed a lawsuit against Griffith Public Schools saying the conversation was "clearly meant to be humorous, as evidenced by their repeated use of emoticons such as ;)…" The organization said the expulsion violated the eight graders' freedom of speech.The girls insist it was all a bad joke."It was just very dumb, and I wish I could take it back," said 14-year-old Sabrina Munsie."We were just joking around," said 14-year-old Kennedy Fortier.
mom2qts April 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
If these girls get back into school, they should demand to get a better education. Who in this day of age doesn't know that you can't put stuff like that out there for the world to see? I'm sorry for the community to be shaken like this but I'm happy that it was dealt with openly. Job done well by everyone involved!!
SJP April 29, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Jeffrey, FYI the timeline is also VERY troubling as apparently the initial discovery was on April 13, April 20th is the date that many of these wackos choose (think Columbine HS) as their zero hour as April 20, is Adolph Hitlers birthday.
RCA April 30, 2012 at 01:08 AM
There is nothing fair or just or even accurate about what they report. Rarely is there front page follow up if everything is dropped or the person is innocent. Why? Well, because that is not sensational enough. The Ivaldis will be scarred by this forever, I know because I am, as is my child, because of a similar situation. Even if Sean is found innocent or the charges dropped, he will still have a permanent arrest record, which will follow him for the rest of his life. Every time he tries to get a job, or when he files a cori so he can go on a field trip with his child someday, it will follow him, for writing his feelings. Psychiatrist tells people to write things down instead of leaving them bottled up, it is a common form of therapy. So then, is everyone who says “ OMG I'm going to kill you” in needed of being arrested? What about every adolescent girl who writes her friend saying “My boyfriend John, is such an a**, I'm going to shoot him for cheating on me.” (A name, a method, and intent) Should the girl be arrested and tried? Who decides who is serious or not and should be arrested? And why is it an arrested, that will haunt the person? Should he/she not be remanded for a psychiatric evaluation instead? Now to the girls that commented on face book…. Because they made smiley faces we should all think that is somehow different? I guess Sean should have put pretty flowers on his paper.
RCA April 30, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Here is the way it will be….The person with the best lawyer and the most money will win. Or the person who uses the press for their own soapbox or public forum and gets the most public support will win. I don’t pretend to know the particulars of this case. Maybe he is dangerous or maybe not. But what I do know is it is a slippery slope when a crime is not actually committed, and the decisions of the court are based on the pretrial, trial of the court of public opinion based on whatever crap the press decides to feed us. Writing is not a crime. If so Steven King should be in jail forever. Anyone ever seen The Human Centipede? The most disturbing movie ever. That man should be in jail. Not only did he think a heinous crime, he wrote it, and then made a movie about it. Also if using these kids to set an example is so effective, why are these crimes continuing? There have been many school massacres in high schools and colleges since Columbine. Kids are just going to find sneakier ways to carry out their crimes. As they say where there is a will there is a way. Also if this kid was so dangerous why was he allowed to roam the streets for a week before his arrest? And this does not “teach them a lesson”.

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