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State police say arrest in school threat hoax cases "highly likely"

Officers are stationed at Waterbury's Career Academy after online threat

WATERBURY, Conn — State police, responding to several threats to local schools in the wake of the fatal Michigan school shooting, have said as they investigate, that forthcoming arrests are "highly likely."

Brian Foley of the Connecticut State Police said in a statement released Tuesday, that police are currently following up on multiple investigative leads related to potential hoax school threats. "Forthcoming arrests are highly likely,” said Foley.

Waterbury police are investigating a threat made against one of the city's high schools on social media Monday night. 

FOX61 received screenshots of the threat which the person who posted it said they would be shooting up the school and promising "a long and painful death."

Lt. Ryan Bessette, PIO for the Waterbury Police said in an email, "The Waterbury Police Department is actively investigating a threat that was made on a social media site involving a school identified as 'Career.'"

Bessette went on to say that police are working with the high school's administrators. A notice was sent out to parents about the situation. Bessette said there would be additional officers at the school throughout the day Tuesday. 

He said that this is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is requested to contact the Waterbury Police Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (203) 755-1234.

RELATED: Hamden High School closed again Tuesday due to threat

Elsewhere in Connecticut, school officials confirmed that East Windsor High School was placed into lockdown briefly Tuesday morning due to an unsubstantiated threat. The lockdown has since been lifted.

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The incidents come one day after a series of threats were made against schools in New Haven, Hamden and Norwich. None of those threats we deemed credible. A student in New Haven was taken into custody for making one of the threats. 

RELATED: Threats made to multiple New Haven schools not credible, student arrested: officials

Doug Stewart is a digital content producer at FOX61 News. He can be reached at dstewart@fox61.com.

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