Colchester, VT – All Colchester schools will be back open Friday after being closed Thursday following a shooting threat. According to the Colchester Police, a student made the threat against Colchester Middle School.
According to the district, the student said they were going to commit a shooting at the school. Police say it happened while the student was playing a video game with friends. The student is a minor and their identity has not been released, nor has the student been charged at this point. District officials say police have deemed the threat not credible, saying there was no intent to act on the statement and the person does not have access to weapons.
“I just hope that our actions of closing the school across the district really demonstrates our commitment to safety,” says Superintendent of Colchester Schools Amy Minor. “I know speaking on behalf of the Colchester Middle School administration they are going to be having some conversations with students and trying to encourage them when you see something, say something.”
The Colchester School District says all schools will be safe to reopen on Friday and resume normal activities. In a statement, the district said, “we understand that today’s school closure was a source of concern and disruption for our entire community, and we appreciate your patience, trust, and understanding as we allowed the investigation to unfold. “
The district says it decided to close all the schools “out of an abundance of caution and to allow CPD’s investigation to continue.” The closure included all athletics, clubs, and other co-curriculars, including the ACE Childcare Program run by Parks & Recreation. An open house that was scheduled at Colchester High School for Thursday night was also canceled.