7 episodes

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.

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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.

    Update: One Year Later

    Update: One Year Later

    How the events of last year changed Vermont schools and law enforcement. Also - where's Jack?

    • 15 min
    Part 5: Threat Assessment

    Part 5: Threat Assessment

    How do you know if a young person is plotting a school massacre? And what do you do then?

    • 29 min
    Part 4: The Reversal

    Part 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.

    • 24 min
    Part 3: Thought, Or Crime?

    Part 3: Thought, Or Crime?

    When does planning a school shooting become attempted murder? The question went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court.

    • 27 min
    Part 2: How We Got Here

    Part 2: How We Got Here

    Who is Jack Sawyer, and why did he want to kill his former classmates?

    • 33 min
    Part 1: The Shooting That Didn’t Happen

    Part 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.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
261 Ratings

261 Ratings

Jack_McCoy ,

Real Journalism

Excellent journalism that really digs into the issue of an averted school shooting, gun violence and the line between personal liberty and collective security. Episode 4, about the Reupublican governor who changed his opinion on gun laws, and then is branded a “traitor,” is illuminating and worth listening to on its own.

Steph Frias ,

Student view

Started listening in my English class, but only got to episode 4. I just really had to finish it because it was really interesting! Love it

~KLT~ ,

Jolted

Being from VT, I found this very interesting. The balance between safety and rights is a fine line.

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