Juveniles arrested after 3 Waterbury schools ‘shelter in place’ following threats

Waterbury schools dealing with more threats
Published: Sep. 26, 2022 at 10:55 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2022 at 10:55 AM EDT
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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) - WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) – A series of school threats have put families on edge in Waterbury.

Three schools dealt with threats on Tuesday: Enlightenment School, Reed Elementary and Crosby High.

Police said two more juveniles have been arrested.

These investigations put quite a strain on police, not only because they’re investigating them but as a precaution at these schools, more officers are put in place to ensure safety.

Parents said they’re getting worried as these threats start to become a daily occurrence.

Waterbury police had officers stationed right between Enlightenment School and Reed Elementary in response to threats made on social media.

All school activities remained indoors.

At Enlightenment School, a bomb threat forced an evacuation monday.

“I heard last week someone, a couple of them called to the school, saying there’s a bomb threat. I heard, it’s a little concerning,” said Imtiaz Siddiquee, of Waterbury

Siddiquee’s daughter attends Kennedy High. Last week, a bomb threat forced an evacuation there.

Siddiquee just wants it to stop.

“You wanna be always peace of mind, not happening this kind of stuff. Got a phone call, hey, you don’t want that. We want the whole world to be very simple and peaceful,” Siddiquee said.

So far, police have arrested three juveniles in connection to these threats.

“And we’re very close to making two more arrests,” said Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo.

Spagnolo said each school threat investigation puts a big burden on the department.

“Takes a lot of staffing, lot of investigative hours, lot of paperwork,” said Spagnolo.

But it’s something they take seriously every time and work to find whoever’s responsible.

“We’re gonna do everything we can to keep our school community safe, our children safe, so that means reallocating our staffing, sometimes holding people over,” Spagnolo said.

All suspects face charges of threatening and breach of peace. They all have history with police.

Spagnolo said in all, they’re close to clearing four school threat investigations.

The chief wants to add, if you do find out about a threat, instead of sharing it around on social media just report it to police.

Two Waterbury school communities are the latest target of a disturbing trend, authorities said on Monday evening.
Area schools have been plagued by reports of threats in recent weeks.