Jack Sawyer case apparently heard in Family Court

Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 10:13 AM EDT
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Did the case of a Vermont teenager accused of plotting to shoot up his former school secretly end up in Family Court?

According to the Rutland Herald, a Family Court hearing Thursday was apparently for Jack Sawyer. He was accused of plotting a school shooting at Fair Haven Union High School.

The newspaper reports school officials and police were waiting outside the courtroom for a hearing listed on the court scheduled only as "J.S." Rutland County's state's attorney was among several lawyers who had no comment as they left the hearing.

Attorneys for the Poultney teen had asked that the case be moved to Family Court, thereby closing the proceedings to the public.

WCAX News asked the Gov. Phil Scott Friday if his office was aware of it.

"Just heard about it the way the rest of you did, read in the media," said Scott, R-Vermont. "My commissioner of public safety might have known and others, but I wasn't brought into the situation. Even today, this is a judiciary issue. And we'll hopefully have the protection of Rutland County intact, as well as the state."

The governor also said his office is watching that case "with interest" and they are concerned about the outcome.