BAR HARBOR — A drawing found in a Mount Desert Island High School classroom after school today sparked school officials and police to evacuate the building.
A staff member called police after finding the drawing under some papers on a desk and finding the content “suspicious and concerning,” Police Chief Jim Willis said in a press release. Upon further investigation, police determined that no threat had been intended by the drawing.
“Our investigation revealed that the student drew the picture early in the school day and had left it on a desk, under some other papers,” Willis said. “The student did not intend for it to be interpreted as any sort of threat, apologized and expressed remorse when made aware of the response and investigation.”
The name of the 15-year-old student who was responsible for the drawing was provided to Officers upon arrival at the school, Willis said.
“The student contacted the school via phone when made aware of the investigation and was cooperative. Officers interviewed the student at the student’s residence, and also the student’s parents and school staff members as part of their investigation.”
There were a few after school activities going on and students were loaded onto a bus and driven to the end of the school driveway to their rides homes. Officers assisted with this process. The school was locked and closed after the evacuation and the driveway to the facility was closed.
One parent at the scene said that his son called and asked him to pick him up. He was told by his son that students in the building had been told to contact their parents and arrange for rides home.
Other parents contacted wondered why they were not contacted directly by school officials via the school’s text announcement system that the building was being evacuated.
At the conclusion of the search, the building was reopened and school will resume on Thursday, according to school staff, Willis said.
“There are no charges anticipated at this time and school officials will be working with our staff as they determine the next steps to be taken.”