Multiple Depts. Responded to Assist
CHESTER, VT— Law enforcement
agencies, including the Chester Police Department and the Vermont State
Police, are investigating threats that occurred this week at Green
Mountain Union High School in the town of Chester.
According to a VTSP statement, "The initial threat was received Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, when a student at the high school learned of a message online in which an individual made threats of violence toward the student at school. The threat was traced to an individual in Michigan, and late Thursday, Feb. 7, authorities there took into custody Jason Graham, 23, of Three Rivers, on a parole violation related to possession of firearms, drugs and alcohol. According to Michigan law enforcement, Graham was on parole for escape from a work crew, with underlying charges of retail theft and carrying a concealed weapon. Graham's computer was seized, and investigators are in the process of searching it in connection with the Green Mountain Union threat. No charges related to that incident have been filed."
At about 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, the school received a call from an individual who allegedly made a threat of violence toward the school, including a bomb threat. The school was placed in lockdown, and police responded. Law enforcement evacuated the school. The Vermont State Police Bomb Squad and explosives detection K-9s also were utilized; no explosive devices were found. The investigation into the source of this second threat remains active and ongoing, said the VTSP.
Friday morning, Feb. 8, police were on hand at the beginning of the school day and met with students to explain the situation. A normal class schedule resumed.
Assisting at the school were police departments from Barre City, Newport, Rutland City, Springfield and Weathersfield in Vermont, and from Lebanon, NH. Vermont Fish and Game wardens and Chester and Springfield fire departments also responded.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Chester police at 802-875-2233.