City of Bangor Police Department Official Media Release
Date: March 27, 2019
Department Contact: Det. Sergeant Brent Beaulieu
RE: Threats at Bangor Schools
On the morning of March 27, 2019, several students learned of threats of violence towards two of the Bangor schools. These threats originated from a fictitious social media account and as a result, prompted the response of several police officers to all Bangor Schools as a precautionary measure.
Bangor Police detectives have been investigating this incident all morning. Numerous interviews have been conducted and with the assistance of Internet Service Providers, a suspect was quickly identified.
Currently, a 13 year old student of the Bangor School System has been arrested and charged with Terrorizing, a Class C Felony. The case will be presented to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.
The case remains under investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Det. Sergeant Brent Beaulieu
Bangor Police Department
(207) 947-7384 Ext. 5712
Bangor School Department Clarification Letter
Today’s events caused alarm for all. I want to thank everyone for their support and cooperation. Anonymous threats on social media are never easy to manage. We are extremely fortunate to have the support and assistance of the Bangor Police Department. They acted swiftly to determine there was no active threat and to identify who was responsible.
The timing of notification of the anonymous threat made communication to parents difficult as the majority of students were on school property or on their way to school. We ask for parent assistance in talking with your child(ren) that if they see something on social media, they say something immediately.
As outlined in the Comprehensive Emergency Plan, a review of today’s events has made us realize improvements are needed in the following: definitions, advice for parents, and periodic updates even when there is no new information.
In order to clarify the two types of lockdowns for future reference, here is the distinction:
- a. Hard Lockdown — The school building is locked and no one is allowed in or out of the building. The students inside the building remain with adult supervisors until the lockdown is lifted.
- b. Soft Lockdown — The school buildings are locked and students, with adult supervisors, are allowed to move through the school building. Parents, with identification, are allowed to pick up their child at a designated area.
The School Department is in contact with the Bangor Police Department within minutes of receiving notification of threats. An abundance of caution is used to keep students and staff safe. Therefore, when receiving an anonymous threat to certain schools, all schools go into one of the lockdown protocols.
Communication regarding the incident is provided once the lockdown has been initiated. Details of the threat are not released until facts are verified. However, regular periodic updates will be provided through the alert system, the Bangor app, and on Twitter even when there is no new information.
In future communications, advice for parents will be given regarding whether to bring their children to school or to keep them home. In lockdown updates, parents will be provided advice regarding picking up their students.
Please know safety is the top priority for the Bangor School Department. The individual responsible for the threats will be held accountable for their actions. Once again, we thank you for your patience during this morning’s events, as well as your support as we work towards a more comprehensive communication strategy.
Betsy M. Webb, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools