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Teacher accused of making Twitter threats has bail review

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A former Coventry High School teacher accused of making threats aimed at his former school was in court Wednesday for a bail review.

Todd Gillheeney was arrested three weeks ago. Police said he posted several threatening and disturbing tweets aimed at his former bosses at Coventry High School after he had been fired.

The former math teacher was in court Wednesday to determine if he's following the conditions of his bail. His lawyer says he is.

After his arrest, Gillheeney was ordered to live with his parents, have no contact with school officials at Coventry High School, and to stay away from any Coventry school buildings.

The reason for his firing isn't known.

But at the end of last month, Gillheeney's Twitter account had posts including "dead man walking," "judgement day," "let the countdown begin," and "all I need is a stage."

The posts led to charges of making threats to public officials, cyber-stalking and cyber-harassment.

Police found a high-powered rifle in his house with more than 400 rounds of ammunition.

Following his arrest, a defense lawyer said the gun wasn't Gillheeney's but his roommate's and that Gillheeney was not a threat and that his tweets were misinterpreted. The lawyer also said that Gillheeney understood the reaction from authorities.

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