PUTNEY, Vt. — Vermont State Police identified the Landmark College student responsible for making a criminal threat against the college in March.
Eric S. Smith, 23, was arrested Wednesday and released on a criminal citation for false public alarms and disorderly conduct, according to a release from state police. Smith is from Red Bank, N.J., according to the release, and is enrolled at Landmark.
Chris Lenois, associate director of marketing and communications, said this morning that the college has placed Smith on an interim suspension.
Landmark College’s Campus Safety and Security department notified Vermont State Police on March 3 of a potential written threat against the college, according to a news release from police last month.
Mark DiPietro, director of marketing and communications at the college, told The Sentinel in March he could not release details of the threat, due to the ongoing investigation, but he said the threat was found on a whiteboard.
Lenois said this morning he could not provide further information about the threat because the college still needs to complete its process for student conduct violations. In March, state police and campus security decided not to evacuate the college, DiPietro said at the time, because of the vagueness of the threat. Campus Safety and Security officers and Vermont State Police swept the campus buildings and grounds with explosive detection dogs, according to the release, and found no viable threat.
Landmark is a private college for those with diagnosed learning disabilities, attention disorders or autism.
Detectives with Vermont State Police were not reachable for comment this morning.