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Waterbury student interviewed by police after gun threat

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Police said they were at a middle school in Waterbury on Friday to interview a student about a threat.

The report was that the student threatened to bring a gun to Wallace Middle School about a week and a half ago. It was only brought to the attention of administrators on Friday. 

They said the "student is actively being interviewed by police at this time."

However, they said there is no evidence that it was a credible threat. It does remain under investigation.

"As an uncle, and someone who has a younger sister in high school, not middle school, it brings out, it irks you in a way. It's uncomfortable," said Mike Moore. 

A student who heard the comment made didn't say anything to administrators until Friday, which prompted them to call police. 

The student was suspended but is not being arrested.

"They came in, they interviewed the student, the interviewed another student who thought they may have seen something on Snapchat. They couldn't find anything, they did find the student made a comment in class," said Bob Brenker, Waterbury Public Schools. 

Police said the student will go through a counseling program.

"Its definitely serious, the threat itself, but also the state of the student and what's going on, making sure there are systems in place to provide support," said Tim Hall of Waterbury. 

Waterbury Police said they've seen an increase in these types of threats over the years and it's picked up in the week since the Florida shooting. 

On Tuesday, police arrested 21-year-old Christopher Roman after he allegedly threatened to "shoot up" Kennedy High School. Police said Roman sent several Facetime videos to a 17-year-old student, in which police said Roman had a revolver. 

According to police, the gun that Roman was waving around turned out to be a BB gun. 

It's why the school district is reminding students as soon as they hear something, they need to alert them right away.

"We think this may have caused the student to raise their level of understanding about what must be done to protect everybody's safety. We can't hold these back. We can't determine as educators what's credible or not credible, that's a police matter. So we have to get them involved immediately," Brenker said. 

The school district said student safety wasn't an issue with this case and it wasn't a credible threat. 

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