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Lisa Marie Miguel

STRATFORD, Conn.  (WFSB) — The mother of a 12-year-old student was arrested after her son brought in a World War II grenade to his school for show and tell.

The son of 44-year-old Lisa Marie Miguel brought the WWII simulated hand grenade to the Johnson Academy in Stratford around 10:30 a.m. on June 6.

The student told the teacher he brought in the grenade because they were studying WWII. Once spotting the item, the teacher removed it from Johnson Academy and placed it in the school’s courtyard.

The students at Johnson Academy were moved from their classrooms to the auditorium and Stratford police along with the Connecticut State Police were called to the scene.

School officials said a “stay put” protocol was put in place until the grenade was removed from the campus grounds.

“The bomb technician reported the simulated hand grenade could combust and cause damage to property and persons within a 15 to 20 foot radius,” police said in a release Tuesday.

The bomb technician for the Connecticut State Police was able to remove the grenade from the school. It will be “properly disposed.”

After the item was removed from the school, Miguel talked with police and confirmed that she had given the grenade to her son for the school lesson.

Miguel told police that her deceased father gave the WWII simulated hand grenade to her as gift from his “military days.” She said that she thought the grenade was a “dud.”

Miguel was charged with risk of injury to a minor, reckless endangerment and possession of an explosive device. She was released with a promise to appear at Bridgeport Superior Court on June 16.


  • San

    Does “simulated” not mean FAKE? either it was a live grenade, or it was simulated. Live it could be dangerous, simulated it would hurt if you got hit, much as a rock would hurt. Most military that had access would have removed the explosive before giving it to a family member or selling it to anyone.

  • Yourmom

    Obviously a simulated grenade can explode. This is why it says the simulated grenade can damage objects within a 15 to 20 foot radius in this article. A simulated granade is a toned down version of of a real grenade. It is used for military exercises.

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