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Waterbury man arrested for allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up’ Kennedy High

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WATERBURY -- A Waterbury man was arrested after police said he made a threat against a high school in city.

Police said they arrested Christopher Roman, 20 on Tuesday.

They said that at around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, they spoke with a 17-year-old male student at Kennedy High School, who told them that he got FaceTime video calls on Monday afternoon from a man who threatened to “shoot up” Kennedy High School on Wednesday morning. He said the caller had what appeared to be a black revolver in the calls.

Police identified Roman as the man in the video and charged him with first-degree breach of peace, first-degree threatening, brandishing a facsimile firearm and interference.

Roman was held overnight at police headquarters and transported to Waterbury Superior court Tuesday morning for arraignment.

Bob Brenker, a spokesperson for Waterbury Public schools, said that all staff, parents, and students were notified of the threat and zero tolerance policy. Brenker said the threat was isolated and not credible.  School will be back in session Wednesday with increased in security.

Below is just one of the alerts sent out to Kennedy High School parents:

"Good afternoon.  This is Robert Johnston, Principal of Kennedy High School, with an important message for parents and students.  Last evening, the Waterbury Police Department received information regarding a threat made against Kennedy High School.  Acting on this information, the police department initiated an investigation, identified the individual who was responsible for the threat, and made an arrest.

The individual who allegedly made the threat is not a current student.  The safety of Kennedy’s students and staff is of the greatest importance and the Waterbury Police Department deserves our thanks for their swift action in bringing a resolution to this incident and ensuring the safety of the Kennedy community.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school."

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