Bomb threat empties Caribou High School

Posted Aug. 25, 2009, at 8 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:43 a.m.

CARIBOU, Maine — The school year has just begun, but already a bomb threat has disrupted classes at Caribou High School.

Caribou police and school Superintendent Frank McElwain said the threat was made shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

McElwain said he did not want to comment on how or to whom the threat was made, so as not to hinder the investigation.

After the threat was received, school officials and the Police Department evacuated the building. Students and teachers were sent home for the rest of the day. McElwain said the last class was scheduled to let out at 2:45 p.m.

Students and staff evacuated the building quickly, McElwain said. Students were put on buses and sent home.

Police searched the building but did not find a bomb.

The Caribou Fire Department also went to the scene.

McElwain said full charges, which likely would involve felony terrorizing, will be brought against whoever is responsible for the bomb threat. Felony terrorizing is punishable by a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Caribou High School students returned to classes on Aug. 12. The students will work until they take three weeks off for harvest break next month.

Elementary students do not take a break, so their first day of school is today.

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