SULLIVAN, Maine — A bomb threat at the local high school resulted in the building being evacuated for several hours Tuesday morning, according to police.

Trooper Bryan Creamer of the Maine State Police said the written threat was found inside the school Tuesday morning. He said late Tuesday afternoon that he was not sure at what time the threat was found and declined to say where in the building it was found or what it was written on.

State police were notified around 8:50 a.m., as school administrators began relocating students to other facilities in the area as a precautionary measure, Creamer said. Many of the students were taken to Mountain View School, a K-8 school that also is in Sullivan, he said.

Police brought in an explosives-sniffing dog from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department and checked the building to make sure there was no bomb in the school, Creamer said. Around noon, after the building was cleared and determined to be safe, students were returned to the school to resume classes, he said.

Creamer said school administrators are looking into who may have made the written threat and will keep in touch with police about possible leads.

Attempts Tuesday to contact Suzanne Lukas, superintendent of RSU 24, were unsuccessful. Information about the threat and subsequent updates were posted throughout the morning by administrators on the high school’s website.

Bill Trotter

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....