Hoax shooting reports affect nearly two dozen Vermont schools


Mac Mansfield-Parisi

Hoax reports of shootings affected nearly two dozen Vermont schools Feb. 8.

Hoax calls reporting shootings at several Vermont schools took place early Feb. 8, according to a Feb. 8 email from Michael Schirling, UVM’s chief safety and compliance officer.

“At this moment there is no information to indicate that there is any credible threat,” Schirling stated. “Several Chittenden County schools have been targeted and no area of the state has been spared.”

At the time of the email, Schirling said UVM had not been targeted, and the University did not appear on a list of affected schools in Feb. 8 reports from WCAX or Vermont Public.

The calls were likely originating from overseas, according to the email. Some Vermont schools were under lockdowns while teams of law enforcement officers cleared the premises.

One of the schools targeted was that of the state’s capital, Montpelier High School. Roughly 50 officers responded to a report of a shooting at the school, where two students had allegedly been hit, according to the WCAX article. Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington was also among the subjects of the calls.

Twenty-one schools across the state were affected, according to Vermont Public.