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Teen arrested for gun threat

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, March 9, 2019
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A Bridgeport High School student was arrested Wednesday for threatening to shoot other students at the school.

Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said they received information that an 18-year-old student had threatened other students following an argument at the school Monday.

“In the middle of lunch, he was being argumentative with someone and took offense to something that was said,” Stanford said. “He said he was going to grab a firearm and retaliate to that person and others at the school.”

Stanford said officers spoke to the victim, who did not come to school the two days following the threat. They also reviewed the suspect’s social media posts where he made what Stanford called “other vague threats, including references to the Parkland school shooting” in Florida in February 2018.

Officers obtained a warrant and arrested Taylor Denton Neiswonger on a charge of terroristic threat causes fear of imminent serious bodily injury Wednesday evening. Jail records indicate he was released Thursday after posting $750 bond.

No weapon was found in Neiswonger’s possession when he was arrested.

The police department increased security at different campuses this week while the investigation was ongoing.

“We’re going to take these threatening gestures seriously. We’d rather err on the side of caution,” Stanford said.

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