Mahoney Middle School in South Portland held classes virtually Wednesday while police investigated a threat made on social media.

Superintendent Tim Matheney said in a letter to families that the one-day switch to virtual learning would give police more time to investigate a “concerning” threat posted on social media Tuesday night.

The threat is unrelated to the hoax active shooter reports at 10 Maine schools on Tuesday, Matheney said.

The threat was directed toward an individual, not a general threat against the school, police said Wednesday. It involved students who attend Mahoney and a school in another community. Police did not identify the other community or provide any details about the nature of the threat.

The school department did not receive concerning information about the other schools in the city, which operated normally. The police department is increasing patrols around the schools, Matheney said.

“Clearly, this is a difficult time for our schools in Maine and throughout the nation. Please know that we work diligently every day to provide a safe and secure environment for each of our students. I encourage you to reach out to your principal or school counselor if there’s any way we can provide additional support to your child,” Matheney said in the letter.

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