School shooting threat “not viable”



ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth High School student was charged with terrorizing on Tuesday after allegedly making a comment threatening a school shooting the following day, according to a letter to parents and guardians from Superintendent Dan Higgins.

Police investigated the incident, which was reported around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and determined “the threat is not viable,” Higgins wrote.

“The student will not be in school [Wednesday],” he continued.

The threat was reported by a parent of a student who overheard the comments, according to the letter.

“It speaks highly of our student body that one of our students immediately reported what they heard to a staff member and their parent,” Higgins wrote.

Class was scheduled to be in session on Wednesday. Police planned to “regularly check in,” and School Resource Officer Amie Torrey “is at our schools,” Higgins wrote.

The superintendent reminded parents and students that awareness and a prompt reporting of concerns “is important to helping provide the highest level of safety and security possible.”

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]