By Vermont Public Radio
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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.
||CleanUpdate: One Year Later||How the events of last year changed Vermont schools and law enforcement. Also - where's Jack?||3/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 5: Threat Assessment||How do you know if a young person is plotting a school massacre? And what do you do then?||9/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 4: The Reversal||How a Republican governor who had been rated "A" by the NRA decided that Vermont, one of the most gun-friendly states in the nation, needed gun control laws.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 3: Thought, Or Crime?||When does planning a school shooting become attempted murder? The question went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 2: How We Got Here||Who is Jack Sawyer, and why did he want to kill his former classmates?||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 1: The Shooting That Didn’t Happen||Jack Sawyer’s journal contained a startling confession. It landed him in jail, and sent shockwaves through the state of Vermont.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJOLTED: Podcast Trailer||Coming September 6 from Vermont Public Radio.||8/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Being from VT, I found this very interesting. The balance between safety and rights is a fine line.
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!