FARMINGDALE — Hall-Dale High School remained open Thursday despite an alleged threat made Wednesday evening by a 14-year-old from Chelsea who was later charged with terrorizing.

A 14-year-old student at Hall-Dale High School in Farmingdale has been charged with terrorizing after he allegedly made a comment Wednesday about a school shooting. The student who has been charged is not shown in the photograph.

Lt. Chris Read of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office said the threat was “in reference to comments he made about a school shooting.”

Regional School Unit 2 Superintendent Cheri Towle issued a statement Wednesday about “an incident that occurred” that evening.

“A Hall-Dale High School student made a verbal threat this evening and a number of students/parents reported it to the administration and police department,” the statement reads. “The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department went immediately to the student’s house and began their investigation.”

Towle’s statement said the student “will not be allowed to return to school until further notice,” and there was no immediate danger to students or faculty. She added there was a staff meeting Thursday and support was available for students, if needed.

Towle said in an email Thursday night that the school’s assistant principal called the police after the threat was reported to him.

Read said a 14-year-old boy was charged with terrorizing after an investigation by deputies. According to police logs, the initial call came in at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and the youth was taken into protective custody.

“The school administration reacted very well to this situation and called for assistance,” Read wrote in an email Thursday morning. “It was determined that there was no immediate threat to the school and Hall-Dale did have school today.”

Hall-Dale High School Principal Mark Tinkham deferred to Towle’s statement when asked about the incident.

Asked if she could discuss the disciplinary process for the student, Towle said that she could not comment because it is considered confidential information.


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