Police continue to investigate alleged threats made by a student at Greely High School

Police continued their investigation of a student at Greely High School on Friday, a day after the district superintendent said the student threatened to shoot three students and made reference to a gun in his backpack. back.

The student approached three other students, made comments about being shot at them and made reference to the weapon during an incident Thursday morning that several students witnessed, the superintendent of the Cumberland School Administrative District 51, Jeffrey Porter, in a letter to the school community Thursday. The student was handcuffed and detained by the police. No firearms or weapons were found on school property.

Cumberland Police Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday an investigation is ongoing and no decision on the charges has been made. He said the threat was made by a boy, but he had no information about the student’s grade level.

“We take any threat to the safety of a school campus very seriously and I am pleased that the school resource officer and building administrators responded immediately to intervene and ensure everyone was safe,” said said Rumsey.

In his letter to parents on Thursday, Porter said administrators and the school resource officer responded immediately after being alerted to the incident by a teacher. He said the school has since “taken appropriate disciplinary action”.

“Given the ongoing tragedies occurring across the country involving safety in public places, the swift action taken by school staff and police this morning was a necessary precaution and an important reminder that we must take very seriously. serious security threats to the school community,” Porter wrote.

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Martha K. Merrill