In news from the Green Mountain State, police, school staff, family and a concerned student were able to fend off what could have been a disaster, recently. 

story from local CBS affiliate Live WCSC says plans to shoot up a private high school were thwarted by a combination of school-official, family, and student action.

The potential shooter was a student at Lyndon Institute in Lyndon, VT. School officials say the student was troubled and had been involved in a number of disciplinary incidents. School officials were treating each incident as isolated, however, and it wasn’t until a fellow student went to officials in mid-January and pointed it out that they saw what could be a pattern. 

One culminating event was when the troubled student wore a cryptic and disturbing Halloween costume to a school event. The costume was a mock-up of a large desktop calendar with the date January 31st called out with a large red arrow.

When someone reportedly asked about it, the troubled student reportedly remarked, that “it’s a date that Lyndon Institute will never forget.” 

On Friday, January 25th, just 6 days before the cryptic red arrow day no one would forget, police intercepted and detained the student as he got off the bus.

Police searched the student’s home but found no guns. The story reports that the boy’s father, sensing something was not right and fearing what his troubled son might do, had removed all his guns from the home.

The story mentions that this was a good example of everyone working together to keep kids safe. The school has technological measures in place to institute a lockdown condition in the event of an actual active shooter situation.

Thankfully, disaster was averted and hopefully, the troubled student gets the help he needs.

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Norris, Inc.—a South Portland, Maine-based life-safety and security systems integrator with satellite offices in Bangor, Maine; Lee, New Hampshire; and Burlington, Vermont—was founded nearly 40 years ago by two brothers, Brad and Harty Norris. The brothers remain on the board of directors today and continue to help steer the enterprise toward its goal of advancing life-safety, security, and communications while striving to grow in its status as Northern New England’s leading systems integrator. Norris provides fully integrated life-safety and security solutions, comprising disparate systems including fire alarm, intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance, communications, and emergency notification and total systems integration via the Vigilance Systems Integration Engine and ENS.