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Investigation continues into terrifying school shooting hoax

A somber Dan French, Secretary of the Agency of Education, as yesterday’s press conference concludes. The day began with a nightmare scenario of many schools apparently threatened by active shooters. As the hoax became apparent, authorities began to investigate. Page photo

The investigation is continuing into a series of hoax calls that targeted K-12 schools across Vermont on Wednesday with false reports of shootings.

Vermont law enforcement is aware of 21 schools that were targeted by the calls, which were received from 8:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the main line of a dispatch center, police department or town office. All of the threats were determined to be unfounded.

“Today’s calls were a hoax but were acted on quickly and professionally to ensure the safety of our students and teachers,” Gov. Phil Scott said. “I commend the response of local and state first responders — many of whom are volunteers — as well as school administrators, staff and educators across the state. It is critical we take any threat seriously, and I appreciate that every one of them did so.” 

Schools targeted by the calls were:

  1. Alburgh Community Education Center – Alburgh, VT
  2. Brattleboro High School – Brattleboro, VT
  3. Christ the King School – Rutland, VT
  4. Colchester High School – Colchester, VT
  5. East Burke School – East Burke, VT
  6. Enosburgh High School – Enosburgh, VT
  7. Essex High School – Essex, VT
  8. Fair Haven High School – Fair Haven, VT
  9. Grace Christian School – Bennington, VT
  10. Middlebury Union High School – Middlebury, VT
  11. Milton High School – Milton, VT
  12. Missisquoi Valley Union High School – Swanton, VT
  13. Montpelier High School – Montpelier, VT
  14. Newport City Elementary School – Newport, VT
  15. North Country Union High School – Newport, VT
  16. North Country Union Junior High School – Derby, VT
  17. Otter Valley Union High School – Brandon, VT
  18. Randolph Union High School – Randolph, VT
  19. Rice Memorial High School – South Burlington, VT
  20. St. Albans City Elementary School – St Albans, VT
  21. United Christian Academy – Newport, VT

The Vermont State Police is working with local and federal law-enforcement partners to investigate the calls, which share similarities with other incidents that have occurred nationwide in recent weeks and months.

Initial investigation in Vermont has determined all the calls were placed via a VOIP service, and none originated from a spoofed 802 area code as some initial reporting had indicated. The calls also appear to have been made by a person and are not believed at this time to have been automated.

“I want to thank all the first responders across Vermont who reacted to these threats with urgency and care, in accordance with their training,” Public Safety Commissioner Jennifer Morrison said. “State and local police, sheriffs, fire departments, emergency medical services, dispatchers, and others responded to schools, coordinated with educators, worked with students, ensured the situation was safe, and confirmed that these calls were the result of a hoax perpetrated by someone bent on nothing more than sowing chaos and fear. I’m especially grateful to our volunteer first responders, whose selflessness contributed to the quick determination that Vermont’s schools remained safe and secure.”

Secretary of Education Dan French said: “I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to Vermont’s educators and school leaders, and our partners in law enforcement and in the community for their hard work today to respond and ensure student health and safety.”

“These incidents can have a significant and often traumatic impact on students, staff and families,” French continued. “Schools will be working hard in the coming days to support their communities as we navigate the aftermath of this incident. I ask all Vermonters to join me in expressing our support for local schools in your community.”

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  1. Every aspect of this is reactive. Waiting for an event and responding is like driving a car with no oil in the crankcase and waiting for the engine damage to see what’s left to repair.

    Scott has refused to place trained, armed Security personnel in the schools.
    He has refused to place metal detectors in the schools.
    He refuses to ensure there is only one entrance and one exit at the schools.
    He refuses to protect Students and Staff.

    Government buildings and Courts are protected with these devices and methods but he refuses to protect Vermont Children.
    Instead of being self congratulatory and bragging about getting to these schools in a fairly quick manner, how about making it extremely difficult if not impossible for some psychotic getting into our schools ? How about ending the threat before someone is injured or killed ?

    Scott was proactive in sending money to school districts with high jab rates, ( while withholding money from districts where Parents chose to protect their children. )
    In 2017 he participated in writing and signing illegal, unconstitutional gun laws because he had a dream about a school shooting in VT.
    Proof it isn’t about protecting anyone, it is solely to promote the agenda.
    This isn’t a dream Scott, it is reality. No one wants to believe these measures are now necessary to protect our children and everyone else in our schools.
    But here we are.
    Do something to protect our children and everyone else that works in these schools.
    Call the Governor 802-828-3333

  2. Queue Senator Philip Baruth in having another fabricated/hoax event to seize firearms from law abiding Vermont citizens. Who cares if the active shooting events even took place? It’s just another opportunity for Progressives to exploit a new story to disarm citizens in Vermont. Baruth is almost pathological in his quest deny Vermont citizens the rights to protect themselves and their families. He’s going to be nowhere , unseen and unheard for the violent encounters coming to a law abiding Vermont citizen near you. That’s how much he really “cares”….

    • I’m all about facts and am extremely cautious stating anything unless I can prove it.
      Baruth was standing behind Scott throughout this pressor and Scott shook his hand when it was done.
      Baruth is one of several Legislators that should be removed from the Statehouse because he has committed perjury by violating his oath of office.
      Scott is a total fraud trying to clothe himself in a Republican robe.
      Might just be Lawrence has a point.

    • I think we are at a point where we need to state very firmly, clearly that any attempts at further legislation to restrict firearms will result in a A VERY LARGE NEW CONTINGENT OF CRIMINALS…so called. We need them to know that we will not comply! Who will enforce this deluded utopian dream, the defunded police? Don’t think that any attempt to install Marxist enforcement squads will go down well.

  3. So now the gun haters are all calling for us to give up our guns. For guns to be banned on any school premises. What they don’t understand is that “the bad guys” will still have guns and won’t care about any laws banning them from schools. It will only make us more vulnerable.

    • They understand it completely.

      Stefan Molyneux: “If you are for gun control, then you are not against guns, because guns will be needed to disarm the people. So its not that you are anti-gun. You’ll need the police’s guns to take away other people’s guns. So you’re very Pro Gun, you believe that only the government which is of course, so reliable, honest, moral and virtuous should be allowed to have guns. There is no such thing as gun control. There is only centralizing gun ownership in the hands of a small political elite and their minions”.

  4. they are using every dirty trick in the book to scare people and justify taking away rights from law abiding people.

    Did they make the call during Joe’s speech or did they wait until after?

    they’ll be doing this on a regular basis now, kinda like bombing the nordstrom pipe line…..sending tanks and fighter jets….

    If you don’t think there is a war going on…..please don’t hit the snooze button again.

  5. Where is the Republican party? You can blame them for the weakness they promote. Everything about the Vermont republican party is fake, just like the leader, Phil Scott. We have a constitution, they should be out in front of all these bills. They’ve been castrated by a weak leader and a committee that hides behind him. No veto power and no power at all to stop the insanity. We have to watch and experience the destruction of the state like helpless children with no parent to defend the citizens. Disgusting!

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