Norwich student threatened to ‘make this place look like Columbine’

A Norwich University student threatened to slit students’ throats, assault women and ‘make this place look like Columbine’ before being removed from school and cited into court, Northfield police said.

On January 15, a youthful offender (19 of Massachusetts) was cited to court for the charges of Criminal Threatening and Aggravated Disorderly Conduct. Earlier that day, Northfield Police were dispatched to Norwich University for the report of a student who had threatened to shoot up the school.

Upon arrival Northfield Police spoke with students who advised the youthful offender had threatened to sexually assault multiple female students and had advised he would, “make this place look like Columbine”. Students advised that the Columbine threats had been made in the fall, but not reported to police until now, and they felt unsafe. There were also threats of slitting students’ throats with knives.

Several students wrote sworn statements advising similar information and the youthful offender told police that the YO was joking about shooting up the school and had no intent. Other students advised the youthful offender went on a gun building app and had asked about different calibers and what they do, talking about purchasing a firearm soon.

The youthful offender is no longer at Norwich University. He was cited into the Washington County Superior Court for March 2.

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