Threatening phone call shuts down Eastport schools

Threat closes 2 schools in Eastport

EASTPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Shead High School and Eastport Elementary School were put into lockdown Tuesday morning after officials said they received a threatening phone call.

"We put the schools into lockdown at around 8:30 this morning," said school superintendent Kenneth Johnson. "After a period of time decided to close the school and take the students to an evacuation site to be picked up by their parents."

Johnson said all students were picked up by their parents by 11 a.m. He declined to go into details about the call, citing an ongoing police investigation.

Eastport police were joined by Pleasant Point police and the Washington County Sheriff's Office as they responded to the school this morning. Border Patrol also assisted.

According to Johnson, there are about 175 students at the two schools. As a result of the threatening call and ensuing investigating, both schools will also be closed Wednesday as a precaution.

Classes are expected to resume Thursday.

Copyright 2016 WLBZ


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