June 24, 2018
Portland Latest News | Poll Questions | Lone Star Ticks | Foraging | Bangor Pride

Freeport teacher pleads no contest to terrorizing after gun comment

The Associated Press

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.

Have feedback? Want to know more? Send us ideas for follow-up stories.

You may also like