4 Orleans County schools, 21 statewide targeted by false reports of shootings

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NEWPORT — A series of hoax calls targeted K-12 schools across Vermont on Wednesday with false reports of shootings, including four schools in Orleans County.

State police say 21 schools were targeted by the calls, which were received from 8:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the main line of a dispatch center, police department or town office.

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All of the threats were determined to be unfounded.

Schools targeted by the calls include:

  1. United Christian Academy – Newport, VT
  2. Newport City Elementary School – Newport, VT
  3. North Country Union High School – Newport, VT
  4. North Country Union Junior High School – Derby, VT
  5. Alburgh Community Education Center – Alburgh, VT
  6. Brattleboro High School – Brattleboro, VT
  7. Christ the King School – Rutland, VT
  8. Colchester High School – Colchester, VT
  9. East Burke School – East Burke, VT
  10. Enosburgh High School – Enosburgh, VT
  11. Essex High School – Essex, VT
  12. Fair Haven High School – Fair Haven, VT
  13. Grace Christian School – Bennington, VT
  14. Middlebury Union High School – Middlebury, VT
  15. Milton High School – Milton, VT
  16. Missisquoi Valley Union High School – Swanton, VT
  17. Montpelier High School – Montpelier, VT
  18. Otter Valley Union High School – Brandon, VT
  19. Randolph Union High School – Randolph, VT
  20. Rice Memorial High School – South Burlington, VT
  21. St. Albans City Elementary School – St Albans, VT

The Vermont State Police say they are working with local and federal law-enforcement partners to investigate the calls, which share similarities with other incidents that have occurred nationwide in recent weeks and months.

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Initial investigation in Vermont has determined all the calls were placed via a VOIP service, and none originated from a spoofed 802 area code as some initial reporting had indicated.

The calls also appear to have been made by a person and are not believed at this time to have been automated.

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