Bomb threat closes CVU high school (6/4/09)

June 4, 2009

By Greg Duggan and Tim Simard

Observer staff

School and public safety officials evacuated Champlain Valley Union High School Wednesday morning after a student found a note containing a bomb threat.

Observer photo by Tim Simard
Students load onto busses at Champlain Valley Union High School following a bomb scare on Wednesday.

The note was located in the boys bathroom and brought to a CVU administrator, according to an update posted Wednesday afternoon on the school’s Web site,, by CVU principal Sean McMannon. Students and staff left the building at 10:25 a.m.

The school posted a notice on its Web site,, on Wednesday morning.

“Champlain Valley Union High School received a bomb threat this morning and is working with local authorities to deal with it appropriately,” the message stated. “A decision has been made to send all students home. Busses will depart CVU shortly. All students are being encouraged to use bus transportation. Students who are out of district not usually riding CVU busses can be picked up at the upper athletic field parking lot. Further information will be posted on the CVU and CSSU website as it becomes available.”

Shortly before noon, students were loaded onto busses and sent away from the school. Faculty and staff were moved away from the school building to the upper athletic fields.

Police and CVU Principal Sean McMannon were at the school as the evacuation was taking place, but referred comment to the Chittenden South Supervisory Union administrative office.

CSSU Superintendent Elaine Pinckney said shortly after 12:30 p.m. that four teams of adults were sweeping the school, and would likely make a determination within the hour if it would be safe to reenter the school.

The building was deemed safe to enter later in the afternoon, prior to the letter posted by online McMannon at 2:45 p.m. School was expected to resume Thursday.

Earlier in the morning, Essex High School and Center for Technology–Essex were evacuated when a “suspicious item” was discovered at the Essex Community Educational Center, according to a press release from Chittenden Central Supervisory Union.

As of press deadline, no information was available on whether the two incidents were connected.

“Like everyone else, I think it’s quite a coincidence,” Pinckney said.