Kerry Thibault, the 43-year-old Warwick resident and former teaching assistant at Hoxsie Elementary School that was unanimously removed from her position by the school committee, was arrested on Thursday afternoon for making threatening remarks towards Warwick Superintendent Philip Thornton.
Major Mark Ulucci could not divulge specifics of the threats made, but said that officers were called around 2:48 p.m. after Thibault had called an unspecified school principal and began making threatening comments directed at Thornton and also made threats involving harming herself.
Ulucci said that Thibault was arrested shortly afterwards on a charge of making threats to a public official - a felony offense - and that due to their observations of Thibault at the time of the arrest, she was referred to Kent Hospital for further mental evaluation.
"The larger concern here was her wellbeing," Ulucci said. "We're making sure this person receives the help and treatment that they need."
Thibault was recently removed from her position as a teaching assistant in Warwick after a videotaped outburst went viral on Facebook following an incident at Twin River casino, where Thibault went to place a bet on the New England Patriots prior to the AFC Championship game.
In the video, Thibault could be seen making obscene gestures, holding a lit lighter up to another patron's face and continuously swearing and making other derogatory comments.
Ulucci said to his knowledge Thibault was still being evaluated by Kent Hospital as of Friday afternoon. Thibault was given a no trespass order for all Warwick Public School property and a no contact order with Thornton.