DUXBURY — Vermont State Police say a threat was made at Harwood Union High School, and a school official said an arrest has been made.

Initially, police said the threat was written on a mirror in the boys’ bathroom and discovered Tuesday night. Police didn’t say what the threat was.

Troopers were assigned to the school when classes started Wednesday, but police said the investigation has showed the threat is not believed to be credible.

Police continue to work with school officials to make sure the school’s safety needs are being met.

Superintendent of Schools Brigid Nease sent the following out to parents on Wednesday evening: “I am writing to update all of you pending the conclusion of our crisis investigation based on the unfortunate event that I reported to you last evening. Yesterday, between 4:30 and 4:45, a Harwood Union HS custodian discovered a threatening message written with liquid soap on the mirrors of a boys bathroom in the high school. The message said, ‘I am going to kill you all.’”

“It saddens me to report that this evening an arrest has been made by the Vermont State Police of that custodian. The details cannot be shared by me because of confidentiality and due process regarding employment. However, the VSP will be sharing a press release tonight, and a court date is scheduled for tomorrow at 12:30, after which the court document will become a matter of public record.”

“Our team, in coordination with VSP, conducted approximately 60 interviews today, The video footage of our hallways helped us identify who to speak to. Our students were absolutely remarkable. I am so proud of them and how they worked directly with us to get to the bottom of what happened. Our staff and crisis team were also remarkable and their strong training was evident. I am so very proud of all of them.”

“I want our communities and all of Vermont to know how extremely grateful we our to our Vermont State Police. There were approximately 8 under cover detectives and 4 uniformed state troopers with us all day today, also remarkable.”


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