WEST BATH, Maine — A Freeport Middle School teacher charged with terrorizing for a remark he made about bringing a gun into the school pleaded no contest on Monday.
One parent told The Portland Press Herald that David Mason was frustrated with his seventh-grade class in February and told them he wanted to take them to the roof and shoot them with an M-16. Under the plea agreement, the charge will be dismissed if Mason stays out of trouble for the next 60 days.
Defense lawyer John Richardson said Monday that his client made a “dumb remark” and said it’s unfortunate that an utterance put his 30-year career in jeopardy.
Richardson said that Mason will work during the upcoming academic year writing curriculum. After that, he may retire.
Correction: A headline on an earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the teacher pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He pleaded no contest.