UPDATE: Threatening Email Closes Two Maine School Districts

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Maine (WABI) - Parents in the Enfield-Howland and Camden-Rockport areas woke up this morning to find an alert from their local school districts saying school was canceled today for security reasons.

“Late last evening, one of our employees received an email that was, in it, revealing to this employee a potential threat that existed in our schools,” said Michael Wright, Superintendent of AOS43, SAD31, and SAD41.

“We know that down at Camden Hills they received the same exact email that we did and also it stems as far as Florida so this is really a nationwide school for hoax, if you will,” said Lt. Sean Hashey of the Maine State Police.

Police departments began investigating the effected schools, but did not find anything threatening.

“It has been determined that it is not a credible threat to any one of our schools or either of our districts and we will, starting tomorrow, have business as usual,” said Wright.

State Police has dispatched their computer crimes unit to help track down who may have been responsible for the hoax.

“When a message is transmitted electronically, often there are artifacts left behind that are useful for us in any investigation to help identify the origin and identity of the sender,” said Sgt. Kyle Willette.

The email never specified a school, but both police and the school districts say threats like these are not taken lightly, and they will always think of the safety for students and staff in situations like this.

“You never know where it’s going to come from or who is capable of perpetrating such an act so every message, every threat is considered credible until we determine that it’s not or somebody else determines that it’s not,” said Willette.

Wright said, “We will continue, any time we receive this type of message, that we will always err on the side of caution.”