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UPDATE: Schools in Southern Maine Take Precautions Over Threat
12/20/2012 12:05 PM ET  
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School superintendents in southern Maine are taking precautions after an unverified rumor on Facebook said somebody was threatening harm to schools in Cumberland and York counties. Maine State Police Col. Robert Williams said that investigators have "chased baseless rumors for the past 24 hours."

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ School officials in Portland and Gorham said they're increasing the police presence at schools after hearing about a Facebook message suggesting schools would be targeted on Friday.

"There are school resource officers stationed at Portland high and Deering high every day," said Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck. "And we'll also have advanced presence at PATHS (Portland Arts and Technical High School) out on Allen Avenue as well."

In a statement, Portland Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk said the threat hasn't been confirmed and doesn't name schools by name, but that school officials take all threats seriously.

In an open letter to parents, Gorham Superintendent Ted Sharp asked them to be attentive to conversations, emails, Facebook postings and behavioral changes.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said police investigated the alleged threat through the night, but so far haven't located the message on Facebook.


(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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