Second bomb scare in a month at a ME college

7:46 PM, Mar 26, 2013   |    comments
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FAIRFIELD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Classes at Kennebec Valley Community College will resume on Wednesday.

At 9 o'clock Tuesday morning a student at the Kennebec Valley Community College found "bomb" written in marker on a bathroom stall in Carter Hall - which caused the school to cancel classes and evacuate.

State police immediately started scanning the buildings with bomb sniffing dogs. By noon, they had cleared the buildings - after finding no other signs that a bomb may be in the area.

This is the second bomb scare at a community college in Maine in the last month. On February 25th, Southern Maine Community College received a call just before 9am that there were two bombs on their campus. Officials there were forced to evacuate students and staff and call in State Police; eventually the FBI was called in to investigate.

Fairfield's interim Police Chief, Joe Massey, says threats like this are taken seriously, but when it turns out to be a hoax it's a waste of time and money for all parties involved, especially on college campuses, where they have to search more than one building. These threats also take up valuable emergency resources.  He estimates the cost of college bomb threats to be thousands of dollars.

Back in February, SMCC President, Ron Cantor, told us that bill will often fall on the school itself to pay if the person behind the threat is never caught.

If someone is caught behind a bomb threat, they could face a felony charge of Class C Terrorizing. That's punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.





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