BAR HARBOR, Maine — A bomb threat at the local high school Friday resulted in classes being canceled and students being sent home, according to the school superintendent.

A student found a message in the boys bathroom at about 11 a.m. indicating that there was a bomb in the school, Mount Desert Island schools Superintendent Howard Colter said shortly after noon on Friday.

Colter said police officials in Bar Harbor and neighboring Mount Desert responded, as did firefighters from Bar Harbor, and the decision to cancel classes for the rest of the day was made within minutes of the message being found.

“We want to be cautious,” Colter said.

The superintendent said two Maine State Police troopers with bomb-sniffing dogs are on their way to the high school to make sure there are no bombs present, as officials suspect is the case.

Colter said he expects classes to proceed as usual on Monday morning.

The island high school serves towns on MDI and others located just off island.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....