After calling the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's hotline and saying he "might as well jump in front of a train" because trains were running late Tuesday afternoon, a Fairfield Prep student was charged with breach of peace after triggering an emergency response that caused even longer train delays.
The 17-year-old from Stamford had called the MTA several times already that afternoon, asking why his train was late arriving at the downtown Fairfield station, police said. On the fourth call, he made the apparently frustrated comment about throwing himself in front of a train, which was relayed to police. As a result, six Fairfield officers and four MTA officers were dispatched to the scene, and train travel through Fairfield was halted in both in directions around 4:30 p.m.
About 20 Fairfield Prep students were on the depot's westbound platform at the time, police said. They were asked if anyone had threatened to jump onto the tracks, and the student responsible for the call was identified and taken to police headquarters.
After being charged, he was turned over to his mother's custody. His name was not released because of his age. He is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 19.