COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) –Police launched an investigation after a recently terminated Coventry High School teacher sent several threatening and disturbing tweets.
The investigation began when Coventry High School officials forwarded several of Todd Gillheeney's tweets to the School Resource Officer.
Some of those tweets on a profile for Todd Gillheeney read, "Judgment day... let the countdown begin," and "Dead man walking."
After reviewing the messages and obtaining a search warrant, Police searched 33-year-old Gillheeney's Larchmont Drive home in Coventry.
Police seized a Stag Arms AR-15 rifle, several magazines for the firearm, over 400 rounds of ammo, and multiple computer and phone electronic devices.
He was taken into custody without incident on Thursday. School officials say Gilheeney had been on administrative leave and was out of the classroom for several weeks before police say he was terminated on Tuesday.
Coventry High School Superintendent addressed parents through a letter on Friday stating, "Please be advised that the safety of the students of Coventry has been at the forefront of our minds and at no time was the safety of the students compromised. Coventry Police and School Administration have been in constant communication throughout this process."
Gillheeney will be charged with threats to public officials, cyber stalking and cyber harassment prohibited, and crank or obscene phone calls.
The former Coventry teacher appeared in Kent County District Court this afternoon, but had to undergo a mental competency test before his arraignment.
Gillheeney has no criminal record before this, and has been released on $10,000 bail. He has to live with his parents in North Providence, and it not allowed to be on any Coventry school grounds.
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