The superintendent of the Lamoille South Supervisory Union and the school district chair said students feel safe at Peoples Academy and offered additional details about the incident in a letter to the community.
The wrongful death lawsuit, recently moved to federal district court, was brought by the estate of Scott Lewis, who died while working as a zip line tour guide at Stowe Mountain Resort, and names four other firms that designed, installed or equipped the resort’s ZipTour ride.
Prosecutors say the small numbers don’t constitute a trend, but cases in Barre and Rutland demonstrate the challenges of coercion when juveniles are drawn into selling drugs.
Vermont law previously required that in order to convict someone of a hate crime, prosecutors had to prove the defendant was “maliciously” motivated beyond a reasonable doubt. But in 2021, lawmakers made what one called a “simple” but “powerful” change.