An 18-year-old Torrington woman is facing charges after reportedly making verbal threats of violence against Danbury and Stratford schools, police said.
Natalie A. Carpenter, of Main Street in Torrington, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after making “verbal threats concerning acts of violence at schools in Danbury and Stratford,” according to Torrington police.
Torrington school officials said Carpenter had a manifesto in her home describing her intentions and tried to buy guns days before the threats were made.
Officials in Danbury and Stratford were notified of the threats on Monday, police said. No threats were made against Torrington schools.
On Thursday, police said they have a warrant for a 19-year-old Torrington man in connection with the case.
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Danbury High School and Stratford's Bunnell High School received threats. No specific students were targeted. The towns have stepped up security at both high schools and parents have been notified.
Dianne Rockwell-Harris, whose daughter attends Danbury High School, said she received a call from the superintendent's office explaining that the school had been a possible target and that an arrest had been made.
"There are a lot of strange people out there that want to hurt our children. It's not right," Rockwell-Harris said. "I'm glad they got a handle on things before something got out of hand."
Danbury Supt. Sal Pascarella said he's taking the threat seriously and is passing around Carpenter's picture so students and staff are aware.
Carpenter was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault.
She was held on a $300,000 bond and appeared in court on Wednesday morning.
Stratford police said there is no threat or imminent danger to students in Stratford students or schools.