A cautionary message from Brigid Nease, superintendent of the Harwood Union school district, about Crossett Brook Middle school:

Good morning —

I am writing to inform our community that I have assigned a Vermont State Police detail to Crossett Brook Middle School for both today and tomorrow, the students’ last day of school.

At approximately 9:30 last evening (June 12), I was contacted by Vermont State Police. They indicated that they received notification from the Department for Children and Families that a non-specified (meaning no students or other individuals were named) threat against Crossett Brook students and staff has been received. The threat was made by an individual known to the school district.

In following our crisis protocol, and due to the information I had, I asked the Vermont State Police to serve a no trespass order on this individual for all Harwood Unified Union School District campuses.

This individual owns no guns, had a knife, and that was removed. This person does not reside in any of our six towns. That is all the specific information that I am able to share at this time.

The safety of our students and staff is my No. 1 priority — I take no chances and will deploy every means at my disposal in the most conservative and precautionary way. Our campuses are very secure, staff are very alert to anything unusual, and they will remain even more so for the next couple days.

I regret that this is how the end of the school year is ending for our Crossett Brook school family.  My email is bnease@huusd.org. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Best regards,

Brigid Nease

Superintendent of Schools

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