The governor blamed a perceived lack of action on a lack of evidence of criminality, challenging reporters to provide additional information that could support legal action.
Lawyers presented oral arguments before the Vermont Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the criminal charges against Max Misch, a self-admitted white supremacist from Bennington.
Angela McDevitt was honored with the Vermont State Police Lifesaving Award for tipping police off to an alleged school shooting plot.
The case involving Jack Sawyer, who was accused of plotting to shoot up a high school, moved to a rehabilitative track last year after felony charges were dropped.
Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell says the district has lost students and staff after a threatened school shooting in Fair Haven.
Vermont State Police will receive funds to create a tip line for reporting school violence threats, while Vermont Emergency Management gets backing for active shooter training.
A hearing was held to determine whether the case against Jack Sawyer, suspected of planning a school shooting, should be moved out of adult criminal court.
The governor proposed the grants after a teenager threatened to shoot students at a school in Fair Haven.
If a judge agrees, Sawyer would likely get lighter sentencing and all hearings and decisions would be hidden from the public.
The most severe charges against the Poultney teenager were dropped, but he still faces up to three years in prison.
In the first hearing in the case since 18-year-old Jack Sawyer was released on bail, Sawyer was absent by permission of the judge, and lawyers talked scheduling.
The 15-year-old student, who was not named as he is a juvenile, also threatened to use a car bomb to kill an unspecified female, according to a letter from the school district.
It’s unclear if the legislation can, or will be, revived in a special session that Gov. Phil Scott is expected to call following certain vetoes of budget and tax bills that were approved.
The Supreme Court concludes that each of the defendant’s acts was a “preparatory act,” and not an act “undertaken in the attempt to commit a crime.”