Both Old Town and Portland High School will be closed Thursday after alleged threats to student safety were made. 

In Standish, a threat was identified at around 10:30 a.m. at Bonny Eagle High School, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. School administrators were notified of a photo circulating on social media that showed a wall with a handwritten note that described an act of violence, which also expressed the intent to carry out the act of violence on Sept. 30, Capt. Donald Foss said.

The sheriff’s office was not able to determine where the threat originated from, and does not believe that it poses a danger to Bonny Eagle High School students, or surrounding schools. 

As a result, all schools in SAD 6 — which includes Bonny Eagle High School — will be closed Thursday, its superintendent announced. 

Although the threat did not name any specific school or school district, Portland High School officials made the decision to close the school for the day, out of an abundance of caution, in order to protect students’ safety. 

All after school activities at Portland High School will be canceled on Thursday as well, according to Tess Nacelewicz, the communications coordinator for Portland public schools.

While no specifics about the threat to Old Town High School were given, school officials said on Facebook Wednesday evening the move is out of an abundance of caution. 

“We are choosing to err on the side of caution to protect the safety and well-being of our community,” Principal Scott Gordon said. 

The Old Town school grounds will be closed and the day will be added to the end of the school year to be made up. 

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the town Bonny Eagle High School is located.

Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley and staying active in the Maine outdoors.