MDI High School student charged with terrorizing

BAR HARBOR — A 17-year-old Mount Desert Island High School student who lives in Franklin was arrested late Saturday night after allegedly posting a threat on a social media platform to shoot up the school Monday, April 9, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect, whose name was not released because he is a minor, was charged with Class C terrorizing, a felony, and taken to the Charleston Correctional Facility. The Sheriff’s Office initially reported that the suspect is a former student, but school officials said he is currently enrolled.

The charge of terrorizing was brought after police consulted with the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office and a juvenile community corrections officer, according to reports.

A Hancock resident called the Hancock County Regional Communications Center at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday to report that she had received the threat via Snapchat.

Lt. Christopher Thornton and Deputies Zachary Allen and Eric McLaughlin immediately launched an investigation in conjunction with the Bar Harbor Police Department, reported Chief Deputy Pat Kane.

The deputies, with assistance from the Maine State Police, took the suspect into custody at his home at about 11:30 p.m.

On Sunday night, MDI High School Principal Matt Haney sent an email to students, parents and staff informing them of the alleged threat and arrest.

“Administration is currently in the process of conducting a school-based investigation of this matter as well,” he wrote.

“Increased security measures will be employed in response to this information in keeping the safety of our students, staff and school as our foremost priority.”

The high school board is scheduled to hold an expulsion hearing Wednesday for another 17-year-old student who, posing as a classmate, allegedly posted a school shooting threat on social media in February.

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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