For nearly 30 terrifying minutes students and teachers at Wooster Middle School huddled in corners, behind locked doors and inside resource areas as police searched for four men armed with rifles in the woods behind the school Tuesday.
As the horror of another Sandy Hook flashed through the minds of shaken students, many sent anxious text messages and made panicked calls to their parents and grandparents, who then raced to the school fearing the worst.
And while the rifles turned out to be high-powered pellet and air guns, not assault weapons, alarm still ripped through the community.
“Afraid? I’m afraid every day that they come to school now,” said Daniel Rivera, who drove to Wooster to bring his twin 14-year-old boys Christian and Carlos home. “You can hope and pray there is never another mass killing like there was in Newtown. But unfortunately it’s going to happen again. We just don’t know where or when.”
Police arrested four young men with air guns near the school: Chukwuemeke Onyerikwu, 19, of Stratford, and Oladipupo Sule, 19, of Bridgeport, both with pellet rifles; and Joel Albornoz, 20, of Stratford, and Ghalib Sanni, 20, of Bridgeport, both with Airsoft guns that fire hard plastic BBs.
The four were charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, breach of peace and reckless endangerment, as well as violating town ordinances for possession of air guns, carrying weapons in a recreation area and participating in a dangerous activity in town. The town ordinance violations carry fines only.