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Boy brought grenade to show and tell

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STRATFORD – The mother of an 11-year-old boy has been arrested after her son brought a grenade to school as part of a school assignment on World War II.

Lisa Marie Migueli, 44, of Hollister Street, was charged with risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment and illegal possession of an explosive.

Stratford Academy was placed on lockdown Friday, students were evacuated into classrooms at the back of the school and an area around the school was cordoned off until the state police bomb squad arrived and determined the grenade was a simulator used as a training tool.

Migueli declined comment Monday.

Police said the school’s principal, Maureen Didomenico, notified them that a student had brought a hand grenade to class for show and tell.

The boy’s teacher told police the students were studying about World War II and that students had been encouraged to bring in artifacts from that era.

Police said Migueli told them the grenade had been given to her by her father, who has since died, as a gift from his military days. She had it stored in a dresser drawer for years and when her son told her he needed something for show and tell on WWII she thought it would be the perfect thing, after all, she told police, her father had told her it was a dud.

While state police said it was a simulator they said it could still combust and injury people within a 20-foot radius. They disposed of it.

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Daniel Tepfer

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6 Responses

  1. R.M. says:

    “…it could still combust and injury people”
    Huh?

  2. Eric says:

    Sooooo…. Help your kid with his project on World War II project gets you more charges than abandoning your 5 year old on a beach? Common sense is extinct, I give up.

  3. Michael Tracy says:

    That is ridiculous. A damn shame to what this country is coming to.

  4. John Goodman says:

    Seriously? I remember dressing in my dad’s uniform from Vietnam and carrying my BB gun with dad’s bayonet taped to the end to school in West Haven in the 80′s for my project. Back then it got me an ‘A’ and my mother wasn’t arrested. I think these people would have freaked out if he brought in a picture of a grenade. Silly hoplophobes.

  5. eric says:

    There are such dumb people out there, it is really sad.

  6. SMH says:

    Why arrest her? It was dumb but criminal? Seems like a waste of time and now her name is all over the internet even if charges are eventually dropped. To what end? Child molesters get better treatment.