Police reveal details about South Burlington school threat

Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 9:05 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2021 at 6:26 PM EDT
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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Police on Monday released new details about the lockdown at two South Burlington schools last week.

Investigators now say all students involved are high schoolers. That’s different than what police told us Thursday. Then they said it was a mix of high school and middle school students.

Police say a student was threatened by three juveniles during a live video chat and that threat involved a gun and a knife.

The student who says they were threatened alerted a parent who then called 911.

South Burlington Police Chief Shawn Burke says no weapons were found on campus and they can’t say definitively if there ever were weapons are on campus, but the possibility was enough to trigger the lockdown.

“Any time that you have any type of overt threat like that which occurs on a school campus and persons of interest are still there, we have to work cohesively with the district to enact a security plan to keep everyone safe,” Burke said.

The chief says they are very early in the investigation, but once it is complete, they will decide if any of the students will face charges.

I spoke with kids in South Burlington Thursday. Many told me they were scared and confused about what was really happening as rumor-filled texts flew between students.

Burke says they take into account how something like a lockdown could impact kids.

“As the kids were leaving the campus that day there were a lot of thank-yous from the student body and a lot of fist bumps from the kids and that’s reassuring that they understand the process and felt good about the decisions the district and the police department made in the moment,” Burke said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Det. Sarah Superneau at or at 802-846-4158.

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