Monson man allegedly threatened to shoot up Stafford Middle School

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A Monson man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly threatened to shoot up a school just over the state line Stafford Springs, Connecticut.

According to a Connecticut State Police report of the incident, 58-year-old David Wachta verbally indicated he was going to “shoot up” Stafford Middle School, where he works as a custodian.

All Stafford schools were placed on a soft lockdown following the threat.

Connecticut State Police obtained an arrest warrant for Wachta, but he surrendered himself at the Stafford Resident Troopers office just before Noon. 

The Monson resident has been charged with first degree threatening and second degree breach of peace. He’s being held on $100,000 bond and is due in Rockville Superior Court on Tuesday.

“While today’s efforts were precautionary in nature, it provided us an opportunity to review the safety systems and procedures throughout the district,” Stafford Public Schools Superintendent Steven Moccio said in a letter to students, staff, and parents. 

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