Boy brought grenade to show and tell

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.

Daniel Tepfer