Surveyor Mistaken for Gunman Outside School

The person that two Mallets Bay School students said they thought they saw holding a rifle Thursday afternoon in the woods behind the school was likely an unarmed man surveying the property, according to Colchester police.

Colchester Police and Vermont State Police responded to the reported sighting at about 4 p.m. Thursday. During the investigation, administrators locked down Malletts Bay School and Colchester Middle School. After establishing a perimeter, officers “determined no threat existed,” according to Colchester police officer Jeremy Whyskiel.

“Police subsequently located and identified a male engaged in property surveying who was inside the wood line to the north of the school at the time of this incident,” Whyskiel wrote in a statement released Thursday night. “The male was found wearing clothing similar to that of which the boys described and found to possess no weapons. He was carrying surveying tools, which may have been mistaken for a firearm.”

Source: Burlington Free Press