FORT KENT, Maine — About 450 middle and high school students were evacuated for a brief period from Fort Kent Community High School Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat was found scrawled in a boys’ restroom.

A student has confessed to school officials that he made the threat, according to Fort Kent Police Chief Tom Pelletier.

“There was a bomb threat with a time specified today,” Pelletier said Wednesday afternoon.

The threat was found shortly before 1:30 p.m., and it indicated the bomb would go off at 1:30 p.m.

“School personnel conducted an immediate sweep of the building, [and] a student admitted to scribbling the note on the wall,” Pelletier said.

The unidentified junior high male student is likely facing charges in addition to suspension and possible expulsion, according to SAD 27 Superintendent Tim Doak.

“We treat all such threats very seriously,” Doak said Wednesday. “They are very disruptive, and there will be consequences.”

Doak said it took about three minutes to clear students and staff from the Pleasant Street building on to buses. They were taken to the elementary high school gymnasium up the street.

Once police and school officials determined there was no bomb, students were returned to the building in time to gather belongings and go home, Doak said.

Pelletier said he had not yet interviewed the student in question as of Wednesday afternoon, and the matter likely will be turned over to authorities.

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Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.