SKOWHEGAN — A student at Skowhegan Area Middle School has been suspended from classes and charged with threatening to stab a teacher, police said Wednesday.

“One male student communicated to another student that he was going to stab a teacher, and that obviously got back to the administration, and it was dealt with,” said Skowhegan Police Chief Michael Emmons.

Officer David Daigneault, the school’s resource officer, charged the boy with terrorizing. A knife was never displayed, and police find no weapon.

The incident was reported just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. The case could be turned over to a juvenile caseworker in the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.

“David said he’s not sure it’s even going to go anywhere, but he said he had to support the staff,” Emmons said.

The juvenile’s name has not been released. Students from Canaan, Cornville, Mercer, Norridgewock, Skowhegan and Smithfield attend the middle school.

Emmons said that even if the boy is not formally charged, the quick action by school administrators and police should send a message to students that they will be held accountable for any statements or threats they make, whatever the intent.

“You cannot make comments like that to another student,” he said Wednesday. “When you make a comment to another student that you’re going to stab a faculty member, and that gets back to the administration and Officer Dave, then they’re going to deal with it and take appropriate action.”


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