High school student charged with terrorizing for making alleged threats against high school

10:23 PM, Oct 30, 2013   |    comments
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HARRINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Wednesday morning was a tense one for students and staff at Narraguagus High School.  Sheriffs deputies were at the school in Harrington for most of the day after a student there allegedly threatened he was going to bring a gun to the building.

Police say the student made those threats at some point on Tuesday. They eventually reached the ears of the school principal who contacted authorities. The Washington County sheriff says the student was arrested on Tuesday but was not taken to jail and immediately released into the custody of his parents because of his age.

School officials say they did put an emergency response plan in place on Wednesday in response to the threat. Classes did go on at the high school as scheduled. Officials say some parents choose to keep their kids home for the day.

"As I said before..not knowing whether there's a real threat or not..we put it {the plan} in place anyway," said Ronald Ramsay, who is the superintendent of MSAD 37, "So that means that we have a lockdown procedure..we have people stationed around the school..we have people stationed around the school to look for threats..we call law enforcement if its this case we did."

"This is a very serious threat," remarked Washington County sheriff Donnie Smith, "and there's no threat that is not serious..there's just...there's no other kind of threat....across the nation law enforcement and the criminal justice system is taking these threats very seriously so I mean there's going to be consequences for this type of behavior."

The student's name is not being released because he is a minor. He has been given a summons to appear in court with orders not to go near the high school or any property belonging to the school district. He's set to be arraigned in court in December.


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