Police: 18-year-old threatened mass shooting at Vermont high school

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An 18-year-old Vermont man accused of threatening to cause ‘‘mass casualties’’ at the Fair Haven high school he once attended is being held without bail.

Police say suspect Jack Sawyer kept a diary entitled ‘‘Diary of an Active Shooter’’ and he had recently purchased a shotgun and ammunition.

He was arrested Thursday and appeared in court Friday. His lawyer could not be reached for comment.

Police said there was no indication when Sawyer might have carried out an attack, which was not related to the shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17.

During a Friday afternoon news conference in Montpelier, Republican Gov. Phil Scott said it was only by the ‘‘Grace of God’’ Vermont averted a tragedy.

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Scott also said the incident had prompted him to re-think his position about what he called ‘‘gun safety.’’

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