April 26, 2018
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Lincoln schools on security alert after student reports parental abuse

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — Town schools remained on security alert Thursday as a precautionary measure after a junior high school student complained Wednesday of parental abuse, officials said.

Exterior doors remained locked to outsiders at Ella P. Burr, Mattanawcook Junior High School and Mattanawcook Academy for the second day after the student reported the abuse, said RSU 67 Superintendent Denise Hamlin.

No problems were reported. The parent, who came to the junior high to pick up the student at dismissal Wednesday, was met by several officers and cooperated with police, said Police Chief William Lawrence.

Police turned the matter over to a Maine Department of Health and Human Services caseworker after investigators found no evidence of a crime, Lawrence said.

Lawrence complimented school officials for handling the matter swiftly. He said they contacted police almost immediately on Wednesday morning and took sensible precautions, given what he described as the parent’s past temperamental behavior.

“They worked with us right from the beginning,” Lawrence said of school officials. “By the time the parent did show up, we were already there and had a good game plan.”

As a precaution, town police Officers Brandi Alton and Mark Fucile, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Patty McLaughlin and state police Sgt. Ted Millet were at Mattanawcook Junior High School when school was dismissed for the day, Lawrence said.

Besides secured exterior doors, a security alert entails locked classroom doors and students venturing into halls only as part of normal transitions, Hamlin said.

School administrators and staff handled the situation well, Hamlin told them in a memo on Thursday.

RSU 67 serves the students of Chester, Lincoln and Mattawamkeag.

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