New details on threatening of Sandy Hook school guard

UPDATE: 11:22 AM, WEDNESDAY

Chalk Hill School, a mothballed former middle school in Monroe, is now the home of Sandy Hook Elementary School. A new school is being  built in Newtown.

Chalk Hill School, a mothballed former middle school in Monroe, is now the home of Sandy Hook Elementary School. A new school is being built in Newtown.

Monroe Police Capt. Michael Flick has released more details in the arrest of a person, who allegedly threatened at guard at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Monroe.

“This incident occurred during an evening hour, after school Monroe Park and Recreation. event,: Flick stressed. “The Newtown students and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary School were not present or impacted by this incident.:

Flick said that on Feb. 13, “A security guard for the Town of Monroe Parks & Recreation assigned to Chalk Hill / Sandy Hook Elementary for an after-hour Monroe Parks & Rec sponsored youth basketball games. At approximately 8:51 PM, the guard observed a youth bouncing a basketball off the hallway wall and told the youth to stop.

“A group of adults who had accompanied the youth engaged the guard in a verbal confrontation and one individual threatened the guard stating that the guard did not know who he was dealing with and that he was “dead.”

Flick said a police investigation identified Coppola as the individual, who threatened the security guard and applied to the Superior Court for an arrest warrant for breach of peace and threatening

The person arrested – Thomas Coppola, 48, of Sentry Hill Road – will appear in court on May 13.

ORIGINAL POST

MONROE – A local man was arrested after police said he threatened a security guard at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Thomas Coppola, 48, of Sentry Hill Road, was charged with threatening and breach of peace. He was released on a written promise to appear in court.

Police said Coppola had attended a youth basketball game at the school. Following the game police said Coppola got into a dispute with the security guard telling the guard, “I’ll punch your lights out …If I didn’t have back surgery you would already be on the ground.”

Daniel Tepfer