- File: Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
- Education Secretary Dan French
In all cases, law enforcement determined that the schools were safe and no violence had taken place, Public Safety Commissioner Jennifer Morrison said at a midday press conference. Given that only about 10 percent of schools in the state had received threats, she said, it was likely that the calls would continue.
Such false reports are a crime; state law enforcement, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are investigating the incidents. Other states, including Maine and New Hampshire, have experienced similar swatting events in recent months.
Even schools not targeted may be taking extra emergency precautions on Wednesday, Education Secretary Dan French said.
Rob Evans, the state's school safety liaison, said the incidents create anxiety within schools and also divert critical emergency resources. Even if reports of school shootings turn out to be false, they "have a variety of unintended mental health consequences" for school staff, students and parents, Evans said. Agency of Education officials said local schools would work to support students in dealing with fear and stress caused by Wednesday's events.
"We need to try to put a stop to this in any way possible," Gov. Phil Scott said. "This shouldn't be normalized. That's why we take every single threat seriously, like it's the real thing, because once it gets normalized, things happen."
"We're all together in this," he added, "and when it comes to our kids and our schools, we'll do whatever we need to do to protect them and keep them safe."
- Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton
- Enosburg Falls High School
- North County Union Junior High School in Derby
- North Country Union High School in Newport
- Essex High School
- Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington
- Colchester High School
- Montpelier High School
- Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon
- Arlington Memorial High School
- Brattleboro High School
- Christ the King School in Rutland
- Fair Haven Union High School
- United Christian Academy in Newport
- Newport City Elementary School
- Grace Christian School in Bennington
- St. Albans City Elementary School
- Milton High School
- Randolph Union High School
- Middlebury Union High School and
- Alburgh Community Education Center