Orleans County Sheriff’s office: Suspect had means to carry out school threat

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A 17-year-old North Country Union High School student is in custody and classes were cancelled Thursday after officials say they received a “credible threat” against the school. 

The Orleans County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday morning that a suspect was arrested by Newport police on an unrelated charge and is in custody. 

The sheriff’s office learned of the threat around 7 p.m. Wednesday, when a deputy was notified by several parents of oral threats from the student, said Chief Deputy Phil Brooks.

The 17-year-old suspect, a student at the school, is known to have had discipline issues and had access to resources that made the threat credible, Brooks said. 

“Knowing the history of this kid and that he had access to the means to carry out the threat that was alleged, that’s why we deemed it credible,” Brooks said.

That prompted the cancellation of classes by North Country Supervisory Union, although sports and other afterschool activities are going on as scheduled Thursday.

Classes are expected to be in session Friday. 

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