SCARBOROUGH, Maine — Scarborough High School was locked down Thursday morning after a man entered the school in search of specific teachers and refused to identify himself.
Detective Sgt. Rick Rouse of the Scarborough Police Department told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday afternoon the police ultimately determined the individual, whom he declined to name, was not a threat. He said the man graduated from the school “a couple of years” ago and doesn’t have a history of violence or making trouble.
“I think he suffers from mental issues as well,” Rouse said. “I don’t know if he really understood he wasn’t supposed to be there.”
Rouse said the man was given a trespassing notice by police.
Scarborough High School Principal Dean Auriemma wrote in an email to students, parents and staff that the man arrived at the school at approximately 8:40 a.m., “walked into our foyer and asked to see specific teachers.”
“The individual refused to identify himself and when asked to sit and wait told the receptionist that he was going to do whatever he wanted then entered the building,” Auriemma wrote.
The receptionist immediately notified the administration using a two-way radio system. Police were called and, because it was nearly time for students to move between classes, students were secured in classrooms.
The man, who was not recognized by school officials, was located in the building and held until Scarborough police arrived.
Students were released from their classrooms after the man was removed from the school.
“We were back to normal operating procedure in under five minutes,” Auriemma wrote.
The principal wrote that “while no students were in danger, this type of situation does pose a possible threat.” He added that the police agreed to maintain a presence at the school for the remainder of the day “as well as the days to come.”