On Thursday, Vermont State Police said they had arrested Jack Sawyer, 18, and charged him with attempted aggravated murder, attempted first-degree murder and attempted aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly expressing "his desire to cause mass casualties at the Fair Haven High School."
During a press conference on Friday, police said Sawyer had been released from a mental institution a few days ago, and he soon after purchased a shotgun. According to police, Sawyer’s plans were not inspired by the Parkland shooting.
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, said "everything should be on the table" as legislation is considered, noting that the dialogue should not only center around gun control.
Then on Friday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said two schools in Upstate New York appeared to experience "copycat" threats from unidentified individuals.
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"These two matters are under control," Cuomo said in a statement. "The schools involved were the Chautauqua Lake School District and the Randolph Academy in Cattaraugus County. Both students are in police custody. State Police are on site, and the schools are functioning once again after a brief closure this morning."
Cuomo said that in the days after a tragic incident like the one that occurred in Parkland, "we must take a firm stand against any ‘copycat’ actors."
Also on Friday, in Port St. Lucie, Florida — little more than an hour north of Parkland — a 14-year-old was taken into custody after he allegedly threatened to "shoot up" a middle school.
"People were confused and a lot of people were scared," ninth-grader Trey Angelini told WLWT. "There was a couple people crying in there, because they thought they were going to get shot or something."