Teenager's school shooting plot thwarted in Vermont

An 18-year-old Vermont man is in custody after officials say he was plotting to shoot up his former high school.

Posted: Feb. 16, 2018 2:03 PM

FAIR HAVEN, Vt - An 18-year-old Vermont man is in custody after officials say he was plotting to shoot up his former high school.

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Eighteen-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, made the threat of violence to a friend via Facebook and by text message on Sunday.

He planned to shoot up Fair Haven High School.

A friend passed on the information to law enforcement officials.

Sawyer’s mother became alarmed when she discovered that her son had recently purchased a shotgun.

Investigators said they found a kill list with specific names and evidence of a plan to carry out the attack when they searched Sawyer's home.

"This is a stark reminder we are not immune to tragic violence. First, I want to thank the law enforcement agencies who identified this risk and acted quickly with school officials to protect students and apprehend suspect before anyone else could be injured. It’s also important to note that if not for those who spoke up... we might be having an entirely different conversation today," said Phil Scott, Gov. of Vermont.

"In the aftermath of Florida, this situation in Fair Haven has jolted me. Especially after reading the affidavit and realizing that only by the grace of God, and the courage of the young woman who spoke up, did we avert a horrific outcome,” Scott said.

The investigation is still ongoing at this time but authorities are questioning Sawyer.

Sawyer was being held without bail and was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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