Penquis student summoned in bomb threat

Posted Jan. 19, 2009, at 10:45 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:03 a.m.

MILO, Maine — A student at Penquis Valley High School-Middle School has been summoned for alleged terrorizing in connection with a bomb threat earlier this month that prompted the evacuation of the school.

The 15-year-old girl, who was charged with a Class C felony, had been a suspect early on, according to the Milo Police Department.

The Jan. 5 bomb threat was scrawled inside a restroom stall on the back of a door, according to police. The note left behind read “bomb” and it gave a time it would go off and some initials. The initials were not those of the girl who was summoned but those of another student. Police said they believe it was an apparent attempt to mislead them.

Students and teachers were bused to Milo Elementary School around 9:48 a.m. after the threat was discovered and were sent home around noon, according to Milo Town Manager Jeff Gahagan.

The Milo and Brownville police departments, state police, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department and the local emergency management agency director responded to the call from school officials. In addition, Milo firefighters were on call and the Three Rivers Ambulance was on standby.

A search of the school using police dogs revealed no bomb and the search was called off at 1:15 p.m., according to Gahagan.

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