Reported threat at Peninsula School deemed not credible



GOULDSBORO — Multiple police departments responded to the Peninsula School in Prospect Harbor following a 911 call about “a potential threat” Thursday, according to police reports.

When police arrived on the scene, they found no issue.

Gouldsboro Police Chief Tyler Dunbar said “misinformation” had originated from a student in the elementary school, leading to the calls for police.

“There was never a threat communicated from a credible source,” Dunbar said.

Maine State Police, the Gouldsboro Police Department, the Winter Harbor Police Department and the Maine Marine Patrol all responded to the call.

Dunbar sent a press release stating that school safety was a top priority for officers.

“The Gouldsboro Police Department maintained close communication with the school administration for the entirety of the investigation to ensure the safety of the school’s students and faculty at all times while attempting to minimize the disruption,” Dunbar wrote. “The safety of the school and its students and faculty is and will remain a top priority for the Gouldsboro Police Department and all measures taken to ensure this was taken today with the assistance with area law enforcement agencies and the cooperation of school officials.”

Regional School Unit 24 officials posted a notice on the district’s website Thursday afternoon acknowledging the incident and reassuring parents that nothing had come of it.

“You may have noticed an increased police presence at the Peninsula School,” the notice read. “Based on the information we have at this time, there is no credible threat. All students and staff are safe. These steps were taken as a precautionary measure. We thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Jack Dodson
Jack Dodson began working for The Ellsworth American in mid-2017, and covers eastern Hancock and western Washington counties. He grew up in the Mid-coast region before living in New York City for five years, where he freelanced in documentary filmmaking and journalism. He is particularly interested in criminal justice, environment and immigration reporting.