The Vermont State Police are investigating a report of a threatening email targeting Twinfield Union School in Plainfield. Just after 8 a.m., on Thursday, September 28, Vermont State Police were notified that during the overnight hours, an unknown individual had sent an email to a faculty member of the school. The email, which was discovered shortly before the report was made, referenced a shooting at the school to be carried out at a future date.
The Vermont State Police takes all reports of school threats seriously and troopers from the Berlin Field Station responded to the school. Upon arrival, nothing was found to be amiss and troopers coordinated with school officials. The school remained open with modified operations. troopers maintained a presence at the school for most of the day and no further incidents occurred.
Investigation into the origin of the email remains ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident is asking to contact the VSP Berlin Barracks at (802) 229-9191 or provide an anonymous tip online at vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.
VSP will provide further updates as this investigation continues.
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