CVU student suspended after alleged threat

By Jason Starr

Observer staff

A 15-year-old Champlain Valley Union High School student from Shelburne has been suspended and is under investigation for allegedly discussing with peers a possible shooting at the school.

Hinesburg Police searched the student’s home last week and took several electronic devices for evaluation. The student’s locker was also searched.

“There was nothing found to indicate any immediate means to carry out any threat at CVU,” Chief Frank Koss wrote in a press release.

Koss said he is preparing a report on the investigation, which was conducted with help from Shelburne Police. The report will go to the Chittenden County State’s Attorney for consideration of charges.

The student was originally suspended Feb. 16 after school administrators were told he had sent another student a social media message indicating a possible school shooting at CVU, police said.

He returned to school the following week and allegedly made a second statement regarding a school shooting to a different student, which was reported to school administrators.

Shelburne Police ramped up its investigation during the school break last week, conducting interviews and recording details of the student’s history. Hinesburg Police relied on that work to obtain a warrant to search the student’s home.