Gray-New Gloucester Middle School evacuated

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GRAY — Students returned to Gray-New Gloucester Middle School after a bomb threat Tuesday morning, according to the superintendent.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police responded to the school on Libby Hill Road in Gray. School Administrative District 15 Superintendent Craig King said in an email early Tuesday afternoon that all 600 middle school students were at the high school while the threat was investigated. The building was declared safe and students returned to the middle school by 1:20 p.m.

“We had a viable threat,” King wrote in the email.
 
“Several middle school students reported finding a bomb threat written in the boys’ bathroom of the eighth grade wing,” according to a Tuesday afternoon news release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Sheriff’s deputies and K-9 teams from Maine State Police searched the building, but found no evidence of explosives, according to the news release.

Since the Valentine’s Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and teachers were shot to death, there have been more than a dozen threats against Maine schools. More than 10 teenagers have been charged in connection with those threats.

A 13-year-old Gray-New Gloucester Middle School student was charged with terrorizing earlier this month after allegedly writing a bomb threat in a school bathroom. A threat about the school “getting bombed” was found written on a bathroom stall March 7, prompting students and staff to be taken to the high school.

The Sheriff’s Office and state police searched the school with two explosive-detecting dogs. No explosives were found. The teenager who was charged was not identified.

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