by Guy Page
State police say law enforcement, including the school resource officer, became aware of the possible threat at Poultney High school on Wednesday, June 7.
Out of an abundance of caution, school leadership has decided to cancel classes on Thursday, June 8.
According to a local official, the Poultney Neighborhood Watch page (a private Facebook page) reported:
- A Poultney High School student was bragging that he stole a gun and was going to come to school and shoot some folks.
- A gun was reported stolen in connection with the threat
- Afterwards, school officials met with law enforcement, as evidenced by the presence of four sheriff’s vehicles and one state police cruiser parked in front of the high school.
Two other threats of deadly violence in Vermont schools have been reported since last Friday.
Friday June 2, the Vermont State Police are investigating a threatening phone call at 2:29 PM targeting Timson Hill Preschool in Newfane. An unknown caller made a threat of carrying out a shooting at the school. Troopers responded and found no indication of anything amiss. The state police remained on scene until parents arrived to pick up their children. Preliminary investigation indicates the call originated from outside the area, and that the threat was not credible.
Wednesday, June 7, Milton Elementary School was evacuated after a bomb threat was found scrawled on a school bathroom mirror. Police searched the school but found no explosive device.
Shooting incident in Alburgh – The Vermont State Police is investigating a shooting into an occupied home in Alburgh that occurred early Thursday morning, June 8, 2023. No one was injured.
The shooting occurred at about 12:27 a.m. at a home on Alburgh Springs Road owned by 42-year-old Brian Albu. Multiple shots were fired into the residence. Albu and another person were home at the time. They also reported an attempted forced entry into the home had occurred just prior to the shooting.
The investigation into this incident is active and ongoing. Anyone with information that might assist investigators is asked to call Detective Sgt. Angela Baker at the VSP St. Albans Barracks at 802-524-5993, or leave an anonymous tip.