May 23, 2018
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Aroostook school canceled after bomb threat note found


DYER BROOK, Maine — Classes were canceled Tuesday at Southern Aroostook Community School in Dyer Brook as a safety precaution after school officials received a bomb threat.

Superintendent Terry Comeau said the threat came in the form of a note that was found on a file cabinet last week.

The note indicated that a bomb “would go off today,” meaning Tuesday, March 17, so school was canceled as a precautionary measure, Comeau said.

State police bomb-sniffing dogs went through the building Tuesday and found nothing.

Another bomb threat earlier this year resulted in the suspension of a high school student, Comeau said.

“That one we didn’t have to evacuate,” he said. “We were able to find the person involved and had it solved and knew it was a hoax within a couple of hours. That person was expelled.

“This isn’t a joke and when we do get to the bottom of it, we will take severe action,” he said, adding, “We certainly will expel.”

Comeau said the school should not be judged by the actions of one or two students.

“Most of [the students] are pretty good kids and do a good job and do well in school,” he said.

Southern Aroostook Community School has an enrollment of about 430 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12.

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