Castleton nursing instructor accused of threatening colleagues

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Castleton University, in Castleton, Vt.

Castleton University says a member of the school’s nursing faculty made threats of violence toward her colleagues, prompting administrators to issue a campus-wide emergency alert.

Administrators say campus safety officials reviewed an audio recording of Melissa Gorton allegedly making “specific threats” on Wednesday. The recording is thought to be up to two weeks old.

“We, in listening to that, determined there was a credible threat to our campus,” said Dennis Proulx, Castlton’s dean of students. “[We] sent out an alert to our campus just indicating the need to take caution and if this person were seen to call 911.”

Proulx did not describe the nature of the threat, which is being investigated by local and state police.

Gorton, a resident of New York, was an adjunct faculty member for a year prior to being promoted full time this past fall. She has been in touch with police, said Proulx, who said there was no imminent threat to faculty, staff or students.

“Wow that’s pretty scary I guess,” said first-year student Ben Thompson. “I wondered why there’s cops and then we got the email and I was like wow that’s really wild that that’s happening.”

Proulx said he’s asking that the Castleton community “be watchful of our campus and anything that’s strange and out of place.”

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