Freeport teacher pleads not guilty to making ‘threatening remark’

Posted April 17, 2012, at 9:42 a.m.
Last modified April 17, 2012, at 12:36 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A Freeport Middle School teacher accused of making an offhanded remark in class about shooting students has entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor terrorizing.

David Mason waived a court appearance Tuesday by entering his plea through a letter submitted by his attorney.

Mason is accused of talking about using a gun in front of his seventh-grade class in February. One parent told The Portland Press Herald that the 58-year-old Mason was frustrated with the class and made a comment about taking them to the roof and shooting them.

Although it was meant as a joke, some parents thought it was inappropriate.

Mason’s lawyer called the remark “tongue-in-cheek” and said it was blown out of proportion.