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Extra police added at Wilby High School in Waterbury after threat

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Rumors of a school shooting threat caused parents in one Connecticut district to be on edge Tuesday.

Extra police were outside Wilby High School in Waterbury all day on Tuesday to make sure everyone stayed safe.

On an average, there are typically two officers on hand with one at the high school and one at the middle school next door. An alleged threat caused an increase in security on Tuesday. 

Police confirm there was chatter on social media about a student potentially on edge and wanting to shoot up the school on Tuesday.

Once the district was made aware, they immediately contacted the Waterbury Police Department, who determined the threat was unsubstantiated.

The rumblings of a threat made parents extremely worried.

"It's terrifying. It's scary,” Waterbury mother Mary Loyola said.

Loyola said she made the decision to keep her daughter home from Wilby High School on Tuesday after learning about the alleged threat.

"One of my friends came up to me and said there was a rumor about a gun threat and someone to shoot the school up,” Wilby High School student Tyrese Evering said.

Waterbury Public Schools Security and School Safety Coordinator John Herman released a statement to Eyewitness News on Tuesday, saying "The Waterbury Public Schools takes safety and security as its highest priority. Whenever there is information of a potential threat, we work diligently with police to determine a course of action. In this case, we believe there is no credible threat."

Still some parents such as Loyola and her daughter said they were concerned.

"She's scared,” Loyola said. “She's scared. She's like ‘mom I'm not going to school tomorrow.’ She's terrified."

Some parents told Eyewitness News that they felt the school is handling it appropriately.

"I think they are,” Waterbury parent Michael Mortensen said. “I think they are with the extra police."

While Loyola said she will be sending her daughter back to school on Wednesday. Loyola said she still has reservations.

"It can happen tomorrow or it might never happen,” Loyola said. “But still it's pretty scary thinking your daughter is safe and something like this happens."

Eyewitness News was told the added police presence will only be at Wilby High School on Tuesday.

Police told Eyewitness News there were no criminal charges.

The school district wouldn't comment if any students were disciplined.

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