High school custodian arrested day after he reported threatening message

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A Harwood Union High School custodian who on Tuesday reported a threatening message left on a mirror in a bathroom was arrested Wednesday for allegedly writing the message himself.

Dick Peck, 51, of Moretown, has been charged with disorderly conduct and creating a false public alarm. He’s due in in Superior Court in Barre on Thursday.

Police say Peck left the message in a boy’s bathroom, reportedly in liquid soap, that read, “I am going to kill you all.”

Superintendent Brigid Nease confirmed the arrest, without naming Peck, in a statement to parents and students. She said she couldn’t provide details because of confidentiality conceners and “due process regarding employment.

Nease said 60 interviews were conducted Wednesday and that “video footage of our hallways helped us identify who to speak to.”

She praised students for their help in the investigation, calling them “absolutely remarkable.”

“Our staff and crisis team were also remarkable and their strong training was evident,” she wrote.

She said a state trooper would be at the school Thursday in “a proactive manner.”

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