Quantcast

Tighter security at Brattleboro-area schools - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Tighter security at Brattleboro-area schools

Posted: Updated:
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -

A Sheriff's Deputy sat in a cruiser outside the Brattleboro High School Monday.  All the schools in the district including those in Putney, Dummerston, Gilford, and Vernon have tightened security due to "nonspecific threats to school age people."

"There has been no threat directed at our school system," said Windham Southeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Ron Stahley.

A Public Service Announcement was issued Monday morning by Brattleboro's Town Manger saying, "Taking the threats seriously, representatives from police, fire and town administration met to develop a response plan."

That plan included locking all district doors and the extra patrols.  But more information as to who or when the threats were made was not included.

"I do know that there was a court proceeding involved with this individual and the court decided that he would be released," Stahley said.

With the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings fresh in everyone's minds, school response plans are getting extra scrutiny.  The Windham Southeast Supervisory Union worked with state police to enhance theirs.

The announcement from the town manager went on to say: "Since the recent tragedy at Newtown we are extremely sensitive to possible threats to our children and will respond in a proactive manner."

Parents were made aware of the situation Sunday night through automated calls. "Parents need to know that if they are dropping off their kids, if there is a state police cruiser or a Brattleboro Police Department cruiser, that the doors are locked when they are not normally locked, that we needed to get some information out to parents," Stahley said.

"You know you have to take these things seriously, unfortunately in the era that we are in," said Fredrick Noyes, a local parent with two young kids who are not yet in the district.  He said he knows several families who kept their kids home Monday.  According to school officials 40- 50 percent of the kids in the district were absent.  

"It is disturbing that one individual has that kind of power to do this but certainly we are all really concerned about our kids now and don't want to take any chances," Noyes said.

"I understand, from a parents perspective, that it is very unsettling and all we can do is assure them that we are doing everything we can to make sure that their kids are safe," Stahley said.

Brattleboro Police declined to speak on camera about the incident saying that the PSA sent out by the town manager spoke for itself.  

The tightened security will continue Tuesday and school officials and police will re-evaluate the plan then.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • N.H. man killed in Lunenburg crash

    N.H. man killed in Lunenburg crash

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:33:55 GMT
    One man is dead following a tractor trailer rollover in Lunenburg.
    One man is dead following a tractor trailer rollover in Lunenburg.
  • 2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    2 charged with skid-steer joyride on I-89

    Monday, September 1 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:15:25 GMT
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
    The theft of some construction vehicles caused chaos on the Interstate this weekend.
  • Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Bike racers wrap up weekend events

    Monday, September 1 2014 9:59 PM EDT2014-09-02 01:59:03 GMT
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
    The Green Mountain Stage Race took to the streets of Burlington Monday.
  • Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Allergy sufferers brave ragweed season

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:08:26 GMT
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
    If you're sneezing, your nose is running and you're eyes are itchy once again this year -- you're not alone. Fall pollen counts are peaking in our region and proving tough for allergy sufferers looking to enjoy the outdoors.Despite a spate of heat and humidity, the signs of fall are undeniable. Cooler temperatures and color are on the way. And even though many think of spring as "allergy season" due to tree pollens, this time of year can be particularly tough for allergy sufferers, too -- bec...
  • Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Holiday drivers find lower prices at the pump

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:59:21 GMT
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
    Drivers this holiday weekend found lower gas prices at the pump.
  • Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Sanders addresses Labor Day rally

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:51:52 GMT
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
    Community members gathered in Burlington's Battery Park Monday to celebrate Labor Day -- and hear from Senator Bernie Sanders.Union leaders addressed the importance of employees supporting one another. They also thanked the community for supporting Vermont's unions. Senator Sanders says the holiday is for working people to not only celebrate their gains, but to also address issues facing the working class."There's a lot of work in front of us if we're going to make sure that our kids and our ...
  • Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Authorities seize animals from Santa's Land

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:32 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:32:03 GMT
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
    The Windham County Sheriffs Department says it seized multiple animals from the theme park this weekend.
  • Body discovered in Massena

    Body discovered in Massena

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:02:43 GMT
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
    New York State Police are investigating an unidentified body found in Massena.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.