May 23, 2018
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Millinocket school officials continue to investigate incident that forced security precautions

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
A May 2013 file photo of Stearns High School.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

MILLINOCKET, Maine — School officials and police continue to investigate an incident late last week that forced Stearns High School students to be locked in their classrooms as a safety precaution, Superintendent Kenneth Smith said Monday.

“We don’t have anything new and we will be checking in with the police next week, see what they have got,” Smith said. “Probably there will be some action taken but we don’t have it [what happened] figured out yet.”

“It may even be this week that we do that but there is an awful lot of misinformation flying around coming from all different places,” Smith added.

Smith said Friday that written materials “found around” Stearns prompted teachers to lock students in classrooms for about an hour. Smith, who was not at work Friday, said Stearns Vice Principal Chris Preble was responding to what appeared to be several notes or graffiti he discovered on Friday morning.

The students were released at about noon Friday because they were on a half-day schedule, Smith said.

Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault, the department’s spokeswoman, did not immediately return a message seeking comment Monday.


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