Police: School custodian behind threatening message

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SOUTH DUXBURY, Vt. (WCAX) Police now say a school custodian was behind a threatening message found at Harwood Union High School.

Vermont State Police say Dick Peck, 51, of Moretown, was cited on suspicion of disorderly conduct and creating a false alarm.

Tuesday afternoon, a threatening message was found written on a boys' bathroom mirror. It apparently said "I am going to kill you all" written in liquid soap.

School officials called police and officers were at the school investigating Wednesday. The school remained open.

A letter to parents from Superintendent Brigid Nease Wednesday evening said the school's team, in coordination with police, conducted about 60 interviews Wednesday. She said video footage of the hallways helped them identify who to interview.

Nease said: "Our students were absolutely remarkable. I am so proud of them and how they worked directly with us to get to the bottom of what happened. Our staff and crisis team were also remarkable and their strong training was evident." She also thanked Vermont State Police for their hard work.

Peck is due in court in Barre Thursday.