AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine attorney general’s office has taken civil action against a Biddeford man accused of hurling racially charged insults at a pair of middle school students.

Attorney General William Schneider said Thursday that a Superior Court order forbids 31-year-old Michael Ryan from having any contact with the two students. It also bars him from assaulting or threatening people based on upon “race, color, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.”

Ryan was accused of threatening a 13-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy while they were walking past his home to school. He couldn’t be reached immediately for comment.

Schneider says his office is committed to enforcing the Maine Civil Rights Act to ensure that schools and streets are safe from harassment.

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