September 19, 2018
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Several Maine students accused of threatening to ‘shoot up’ schools

By Callie Ferguson, BDN Staff

A 13-year-old student accused of threatening to “shoot up” a Farmington middle school has been placed on house arrest Tuesday, according to WTMW.

The same day, another student in Thomaston also was arrested Tuesday and charged with terrorizing for allegedly telling another student he was going to “shoot up” Oceanside Middle School, the station reported.

Police arrested the unidentified Farmington student around 1 p.m. after he was overhead making the threat, the station reported. He did not have a gun at the time, the report said.

The student was charged with terrorizing and is undergoing an evaluation by the Department of Corrections and mental health workers, according to the report.

In Thomaston, police told the station they didn’t believe the student who made the alleged threat had any intention to carry it out. The student’s name and age were not reported.

Neither school closed for the day.

On Wednesday, all MSAD 54 schools were closed “as a result of a threat posted and distributed through social media and digital communication,” on Tuesday night, according to Superintendent Brent Colbry.

Officials took the precaution after consulting local law enforcement, who are working to determine the credibility of the threat, he wrote in a statement on the district’s website. The district includes schools in the Skowhegan and Canaan area.

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