Two Ellsworth Elementary Middle School students have been charged with terrorizing after another student allegedly overheard them threatening violent acts Wednesday afternoon.
School officials received a report from a student who said around 2 p.m. Dec. 5, they overheard two other students making “threatening comments regarding violent acts at the school” to carry out the following day, Daniel Higgins, superintendent of schools for Ellsworth School Department, wrote in a letter to parents and guardians.
After learning of the alleged threats, the school administration notified law enforcement and began an investigation, which was conducted along with the Ellsworth Police Department, Higgins said.
“The investigation from both the school and law enforcement resulted in the determination that the students did make threatening comments but that the threats of violence are not viable,” Higgins wrote. “The students, who will not be at school tomorrow, have both been charged by the police with terrorizing. Additionally, school and district administration will issue appropriate consequences for serious violations of school policy.”
Ellsworth Elementary Middle School will be in session as scheduled Thursday, Dec. 6.
“It speaks very highly of our student body that one of our students immediately reported what they heard to EEMS Principal Erica Gabbianelli,” Higgins wrote. “Please know that our highest priority is the safety and security of all students and staff, and security measures and procedures consistent with the ESD Emergency Management Plan are in place specifically for that priority.”
Although the school and police determined the threat was not viable, Higgins said school resource officer Amie Torrey will be at Ellsworth School Department campuses, and Ellsworth police officers will check in regularly. Higgins also wanted to remind parents and students to continue to be aware of situations that might need to be reported to school officials or law enforcement.