Updated: Juvenile charged

Second threatening note sends Mount View School into lockdown again

Police investigating earlier threat message at school
By Staff | Sep 15, 2017
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Thorndike — Mount View Complex went into "lockdown" Sept. 15 for the second time in two days after a threatening note was found in the school.

A representative of Regional School Unit 3 confirmed the school complex was under the emergency status from roughly 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15.

In a letter released later that day, Superintendent Paul Austin said the individual responsible for the note, which was found in Mount View Middle School Sept. 15, was "identified and removed from campus immediately," and classes resumed for the rest of the day.

Police have charged the juvenile in connection with the threat, according to a news release from Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

Austin said police and district officials had believed it was safe for students to return to school after an incident the previous day in which a threatening note was found in a bathroom at the high school.

At that time, school officials called police and put the school into lockdown status. When police arrived, students were dismissed and after-school activities were canceled. Sheriff's deputies were present when students arrived for school the next day to reassure them and their parents.

Waldo County Sheriff's Office and Regional School Unit 3 are continuing a joint investigation regarding the first note. The identity of that note's author was not immediately known.

Austin invited parents and guardians of RSU 3 students to contact him or any member of the school administration with further questions, 948-6136, paustin@rsu3.org.

Reporters Ethan Andrews and Ben Holbrook contributed to this story.



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