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Violent threats place Topsham schools on high alert

February 23, 2018

Police investigated threats of violence at two Topsham schools last Friday. Woodside Elementary School was evacuated after a bomb threat while Mt. Ararat High School was placed on heightened security due to student statements about violence, the Portland Press Herald reported. Both schools are within a 12-minute drive of Bowdoin’s campus.

In both cases, police determined that there was no credible threat, and classes resumed on Monday.

The threats followed the February 14 shooting in Parkland, Fla., where a former student opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people. It was the deadliest school shooting since 2012, when 26 people were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.


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