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A middle school student was taken into custody after three Portland schools were placed on temporary lockdown on Friday.
Around noon, a student told staff at Longfellow Elementary School that just minutes earlier a student lifted his shirt and had a handgun tucked into his waist, and “made threats to use the gun on others,” said Interim Chief Vern Malloch of the Portland Police Department.
Because of the close proximity of Longfellow Elementary School to Lincoln Middle School and Deering High School, all three schools were put on lockdown while police searched for the suspect. Since it was the last day of school, most students had been dismissed early and were not present for the lockdown.
Police found the suspect, a 13-year-old Lincoln Middle School student, shortly after 1 p.m. in the nearby Evergreen Cemetery. “A realistic looking pellet gun was found in the area and is believed to be the weapon that was displayed during the threatening,” Malloch said.
The boy was taken into custody and charged with criminal threatening and terrorizing. He has since been released to the custody of his parents.
The Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office will review the case.
“We are fortunate that students acted responsibly by alerting staff to this threat quickly,” Malloch said. “They were able to provide critical details that ultimately led to a safe resolution.”