June 03, 2020
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Rockport education technician resigns after allegedly bringing gun to school

ROCKPORT, Maine — The Camden-Rockport Elementary School educational technician who is alleged to have brought a loaded gun to school has resigned, the school superintendent said Thursday.

Meagan M. Collier, 23, of Sidney was issued a summons by Rockport police on Oct. 28 after a loaded Glock .380 handgun she had forgotten in her lunch bag fell out of a staff refrigerator onto the floor in the faculty lounge, Chief Randy Gagne reported last week. Collier is facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of a firearm on public school property.

The lunch bag fell out of the staff refrigerator when another staff member was taking an item out.

Gagne said the weapon had a loaded magazine inserted, but the chamber was empty, which prevented an accidental discharge. No one was injured.

“We know many members of the community were obviously concerned that a loaded gun was brought into the Camden-Rockport Elementary School last Friday. I provided as much information as I could, and I appreciate those who understood that we had a process to follow, much of which was bound by confidentiality laws,” School Administrative District Superintendent Maria Libby said Thursday in an update.

She said Collier officially resigned her position on Tuesday. Collier has not been on the school grounds since the incident, the superintendent said.

Collier is scheduled to appear on the charge on Dec. 12 in Knox County Unified Court in Rockland.

The chief said there was no indication that there were any ill intentions on the part of Collier but instead was more of a case where someone did not follow safe gun handling rules and know where the weapon was at all times.

Libby said last week that the teacher aide had said she had taken the gun with her on an early morning walk and forgot to remove it from the lunch bag before coming to school.

Collier was hired at the beginning of the school year to be a one-on-one technician in the Explorers Program for an autistic student.

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