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Bucksport High student charged with school threat

Hancock County Jail | BDN
Hancock County Jail | BDN
Nathan Tapley

A Bucksport High School student has been charged with threatening violence at school and a weapon was taken from his home, police said Monday.

Nathan Tapley, 18, of Bucksport was charged on Friday afternoon with terrorizing after police received word of the threat, Bucksport Police Chief Sean Geagan said.

Geagan declined to discuss the exact nature of the threat or how investigators linked Tapley to it.

Tapley, who is a senior, was not in school that day. Police received word of the threat at 8:30 a.m., and police detained Tapley at his home at 9:20 a.m, Geagan said.

RSU 25’s four schools, which have a security system that feature locked doors and buzzers, stayed in session, but school officials did a perimeter check of the high school, RSU 25 Superintendent Jim Boothby said. RSU 25 serves 1,100 K-12 students from Bucksport, Orland, Prospect and Verona.

Once word of Tapley’s arrest came, he was immediately suspended for 10 days. School officials who spoke to Tapley’s family on Monday will submit a recommendation to the RSU 25 Board of Directors for further action that could include an extended suspension or expulsion, Boothby said.

Tapley paid a $3,000 bail and is due at Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth on April 17, a court official said.

As part of his bail conditions Tapley cannot possess weapons, including firearms, must submit to searches of his person, vehicle and home and cannot have direct contact with the school district’s property, a court official said.

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