April 07, 2020

1,000 students evacuated after SAD 74 bomb threat

EMBDEN — Nearly 1,000 students had to be evacuated from SAD 74’s six district schools early Thursday after one school received a bomb threat. SAD 74 includes the towns of Embden, Solon, Anson, North Anson and North New Portland in central Maine.

An older male called the Garret Schenck Elementary School in Anson about 7:30 a.m. and told the secretary who answered the phone that there was a bomb one of the district’s schools. The caller did not say to which school he was referring.

“This is heinous,” said Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Paul Davis. “We were dealing with schoolchildren here.”

Davis said he sent eight deputies to the various schools and three Maine state troopers also responded. The schools were evacuated, and the officers conducted a room-by-room search. They found nothing.

Regina Campbell, SAD 74 superintendent, did not return a call for information, but a secretary, Tammy Conners, said the students were all evacuated and taken to a warm, safe location. Conners said this location varied from school to school and included town halls and churches. They were all returned to their schools by 10 a.m., she said.

Davis asked that anyone who might have information about the person who made the threat call the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department at 474-9591.

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