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A five-part podcast about a school shooting that didn’t happen, the line between thought and crime, and a Republican governor in a rural state who changed his mind about gun laws.

Customer Reviews


This excellent report gives listeners plenty to think about, discuss, and act on. As a former writing teacher, I often read troubling essays that gave me the opportunity to try to help students find help for family, school, or societal issues. Luckily, none of my students became Jack Sawyers, but some were well on the way to hurting themselves or others. After Columbine, essays often expressed fears for personal and/or school safety. These were easy to understand. More difficult were the few that hinted at admiration for school shooters’ use of violence to get back at others.

“Jolted” covered both of these emotions and showed what can legally be done to help both the troubled would-be shooter and the community and school. Well done.

Very well done

This podcast is very well done, professional and well researched. I’d love to hear some more true crime podcasts from VPR!

Very Interesting

This is a very interesting podcast. I thought it was all about Jack Sawyer, a young man in Vermont who was arrested because he wanted to shoot up his high school. But it is really about how this case changed the mind of a Republican Governor about gun control, and what he accomplished for that state. Fascinating.