Freeport teacher accused of making threatening remark in class, suspended

Posted Feb. 28, 2012, at 7:26 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 28, 2012, at 4:21 p.m.

FREEPORT, Maine — A veteran Freeport Middle School teacher is facing a misdemeanor charge of terrorizing for allegedly making a threatening remark in class.

Police say 58-year-old David Mason, of Yarmouth, was issued a summons on Feb. 14 in connection with the incident earlier in the month. The seventh-grade teacher was suspended after school officials received several complaints from parents and students.

Mason’s attorney, John Richardson, told the Portland Press Herald that Mason made an unfortunate tongue-in-cheek comment that has been blown out of proportion. Richardson would not further characterize what Mason said, but called it an isolated incident.

Richardson said Mason has taught for 30 years and is on paid administrative leave.

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