WEST BATH — A Freeport Middle School teacher who made an offhanded remark in class about shooting students has entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor terrorizing.

David Mason waived an appearance in West Bath District Court today by entering his plea through a letter submitted by his attorney.

Mason is accused of talking about using a gun in front of his seventh-grade class in February. One parent told The Portland Press Herald that the 58-year-old Mason was frustrated with the class and made a comment about taking them to the roof and shooting them.

Although it was meant as a joke, some parents thought it was inappropriate.

Mason’s lawyer, John Richardson, called the remark “tongue-in-cheek” and said it was blown out of proportion.

Mason had a court date scheduled for today, but Richardson said that he had already entered a not-guilty plea by letter on behalf of his client.

Richardson said that while Mason’s remarks were unfortunate he believes the case has been met with “a heavy dose of political correctness.”