Police Searching for Source of Hit List Sent to South Burlington Teachers

South Burlington, Vt. - According to officials, police are working to find out who sent an email containing a hit list which threatened students and staff at South Burlington High School.

Right now, all schools in the South Burlington School District are canceled Friday.

South Burlington Police say they are following several leads and will continue to leverage resources to identify the source of the threats.

South Burlington Police and Superintendent David Young have been giving nearly hourly updates about the on-going situation.

Superintendent Young said what's happening is "unprecedented."

"It's just really disturbing to a school environment that prides itself of being a public institution that allows kids, families and communities to be able to be excited about learning. This puts a huge cramp on that," Young said.

All after-school and evening activities have been canceled, following a lock down that started around 11:30 a.m.

School officials say several teachers received an email with a number of people listed.  The email, authenticated by the Superintendent Young, was similar to a hit list.  Soon after the email was sent, the school went into lockdown.

One reason given for the list in the email: the Rebel name change.

Students were dismissed at 2 p.m. and traveled home on buses.

Parents waited at City Hall across the street all day for students.  Many parents headed home once the school busses left.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward.  There are a number of ways you can provide information:
  • Call a recorded telephone tip line at 802-846-4187.
  • Champlain Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-427-TIPS (8477).
  • Send an anonymous text to 844-848-8477.
  • Anyone who wishes to stay anonymous can call the South Burlington PD at 802-846-4111.
  • Or send a tip on the web.

This is a developing story. Local 22 & Local 44 will continue to follow this story as it progresses.

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