Waterbury man arrested for allegedly threatening to ‘shoot up’ high school

Christopher Roman (Photo: Waterbury police)

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury man has been arrested after he allegedly made a threat against a high school in city.

According to Waterbury police, 20-year-old Christopher Roman was arrested on Tuesday.

Officials say around 4:30 p.m. on Monday, units spoke with a 17-year-old student from Kennedy High School.

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The student told police that they received several FaceTime video calls on Monday afternoon from a man who threatened to “shoot up” Kennedy High School on Wednesday morning. The caller allegedly had what appeared to be a black revolver in the videos.

Police say investigating officers identified Roman as the man in the video.

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He has been charged with Breach of Peace in the 1st Degree, Threatening in the 1st Degree, and other related charges.

School officials sent the following message out to the parents of students regarding the incident:

Good afternoon parents. We are all aware of the tragedy in Parkland FL. Now it seems to be customary for threats to be made after these horrific events. While these threats may not be intended to be serious, or in fact may be intended as a joke, they are not. Parents, we ask you to discuss with your children the seriousness of making a threat. We will take every threat as serious to protect the safety and security of our students and staff. We will immediately report the threat to the Waterbury Police Department through the appropriate channel. A Kennedy High School student experienced a threat Sunday night and reported the threat to the WPD last night. The police investigated and arrested a suspect who was not a Waterbury student. Somebody thought the “prank” was not serious. It is. Remember, it is not our job to determine if a threat is credible. It is a police matter. It is our responsible to report all threats to the police as soon as they happen to give them the best opportunity to investigate to maintain the safety and security of our students and staff. Once again, please make sure your children understand how serious a threat is, and the serious actions which will follow any threat.

Thanks to all for your assistance in keeping our students and staff safe and secure.”