Essex Junction, Vermont School Lockdown Lifted

DeNova's email says the Essex Police Department have deemed the building safe and that "the person who caused the threat was not in the school".

Police received the call just before 10 a.m., and schools went into lockdown quickly afterward, according to Essex Police Capt. George Murtie.

Essex Police contacted Essex High School reporting that an armed individual was threatening to appear at the high school. The caller made demands and said if they weren't met he would "do harm" to those at the high school, Murtie said.

No students were injured and no weapon has been located, according to the statement, and schools are expected to release students at normal times. Investigators say they are still working intensely on this incident.

So far, no suspects have been publicly identified.

"We have now put all of our schools in Essex Junction under 'lock out protocol, ' police are on scene", DeNova wrote. No weapon was found.

The Chittenden Central Supervisory Union said the person who prompted the lockdown was not in the building Wednesday. Asked to clarify, Murtie said Wednesday's threats included "more detail" and "more information than "the school's going to blow up" or something like that".

Students in Essex Junction were back in class Thursday after several schools were locked down for hours on Wednesday. All students are safe, and there were no injuries associated with this incident.

  • Larry Hoffman