June 22, 2018
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Report of man with rifle brings police to Norridgewock elementary; no threat found

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Maine State Police went to Norridgewock Elementary School early Monday after it was reported a man had a rifle near the building, but no such threat was discovered.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the school went into lockdown mode at 8:30 a.m. Monday, after the initial report came in to administrators.

The report came in after two first-graders notified their teacher that they thought they saw a suspicious man in dark clothing near the school and he may have a rifle, according to McCausland.

Nearly three dozen state troopers, Somerset County sheriff’s deputies and game wardens went to the school on Route 2, along with dozens of parents, McCausland said.

The lockdown was lifted about an hour after it began, McCausland said, and parents were notified that no threat ever existed. Many parents took students home for the day.

A state trooper will remain on duty at the school during the rest of the day Monday, McCausland said.

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