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New Canaan High to Unwanted Visitor: Stay Away

New Canaan High School Principal Tony Pavia said he plans to press charges against a former student who has repeatedly visited the campus despite being told he is persona non grata.

New Canaan Police are searching for the man, said to be about 20 years old, who came to the school at about 11 a.m. Monday without permission. Police said the man has been told he is not welcome in the school or on school  property.  Police have not identified him, citing the ongoing investigation.

“He somehow got out of the high school [on Monday],” said Sgt. Carol Ogrinc. “We were unable to make contact with him prior to us getting there.”

Pavia said the man attended NCHS off and on for about a year, but did not graduate. Pavia said he previously told the man that he was not welcome at the school. The man did not threaten anyone’s safety and classes went on Monday as normal.

NCHS graduates who want to come by and say hello to a former teacher are usually welcome, Pavia said, as are adults who come to school on business. All visitors must sign in at the main office.

“Someone older than the student body needs to have a legitimate reason to be here,” Pavia said. “He’s a kid who did not graduate and we don’t know why he comes back. It’s not often, but when he does, we try to tell him that he’s not allowed here.”

Pavia said students and staff have been warned to keep their eyes out for the visitor.

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