June 21, 2018
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Sanford High student arrested after allegedly making threats against classmates on Facebook

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SANFORD, Maine — A teenage boy was arrested on Thursday after allegedly making threats against his fellow students at Sanford High School, police said.

The 17-year old, whose name police did not disclose because of his age, allegedly has posted threats on Facebook against classmates, according to Sanford Police Chief Thomas Connolly.

“Specifically, the juvenile stated that he was contemplating shooting everyone in his class,” Connolly said.

Thursday night, Sanford police had gotten a call from a concerned parent regarding the boy, according to Connolly.

Officers responded to the boy’s residence, and after speaking with him and his guardian, he was placed under arrest and charged with criminal terrorizing, Connolly said.

A search of the boy’s bedroom and personal space did not turn up any weapons, Connolly said, but there were weapons in the residence that were secured and could have possibly been accessed by the young man.

No other arrests are expected, the chief said.

“There is no indication that any other people were involved in this crime, and we do not believe that there is any continuing threat to the school or the community,” said Connolly.

Police also contacted Sanford’s superintendent Thursday night, and classes were not cancelled or interrupted, with several officers at the school when classes began Friday.

Prior to him being transported to Long Creek Youth Center, the juvenile will undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to Connolly.

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