WATERBORO —  Two of three alleged threats at two RSU 57 schools have been determined to have been ill-conceived pranks or jokes, and a third remained under investigation Friday evening.

York County Sheriff William King said both the substance of a student conversation overheard by others at Massabesic High School and reported Thursday night and an alleged threat made by a Massabesic Middle School student on social media turned out to be pranks. A third alleged threat at the high school made Friday afternoon was still being investigated that evening.

RSU 57 includes Alfred, Limerick, Lyman, Newfield, Shapleigh and Waterboro.

On Friday, Massabesic Middle School and law enforcement officials were meeting with a school student in response to an alleged threat.

In a note to parents, Massabesic Middle School Principal Mark Fisher said a seventh-grade student had posted a message on the social media site called Snapchat.

“This message contained a threat to our school,” Fisher wrote. “Thankfully, multiple students came to the school administration this (Friday) morning to alert us of the threat. Law enforcement officials were notified and they responded immediately.”

Fisher said students were engaged in their learning in a safe and secure environment.

“I am proud of our students for their actions in alerting us to this issue and I thank them for being good citizens of our school community,” he concluded.

King on Friday said the middle school student had not been charged with a crime by his department, but that he would likely present the information to the York County District Attorney’s Office for their consideration of possible charges.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or [email protected]


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