Bomb threat sends Brewer High students home

By Eric Russell, BDN Staff
Posted June 09, 2009, at 9:56 a.m.

BREWER, Maine — Students at Brewer High School were sent home for the day on Tuesday after a bomb threat was found written on an inside wall at about 7:30 a.m. at the school.

Sgt. Arden Jones of the Brewer Police Department said Tuesday morning outside the school that the interior had been thoroughly checked and no bombs were found. A dog lent from Bangor police assisted in the search.

“Everything went smoothly, in terms of evacuating the students,” he said. “Obviously, this is something we have to take seriously.”

The students first were evacuated to Sawyer Arena near the school, then were sent home at about 8:30 a.m., according to Brewer Superintendent Daniel Lee. Parents were notified immediately, many through an automated system that Brewer participates in. Seniors were scheduled to spend most of the day conducting marching practice for this weekend’s graduation.

Lee said this is the first bomb threat at Brewer High School during his four-year tenure, and he hoped it would be the last.

“We sent the students home for the day,” he said. “But, we’re going to make a determination about whether to bring them back for school on a Saturday.”

The other option would be adding a day to the end of the school year.

Sgt. Jones declined to offer any more specifics about the threat because it’s still under investigation. Lee said he hoped whoever was responsible would come forward. Bomb threats carry the potential for felony terrorizing charges.

Anyone with information can contact Brewer police at 989-7003.

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