Orono District Under Tight Security as Students Return Following Lockdown

February 22, 2018 12:28 PM

Students in Orono returned to school Thursday under tighter security after a five-hour, district-wide lockdown Wednesday.

Police said the lockdown stemmed from two threatening social media posts discovered online Wednesday.


Police said they discovered the social media posts just before 11 a.m. Wednesday, threatening that there would be a shooting at a school in the district at noon. The discovery triggered the district-wide lockdown.

Students, teachers and staff huddled in classrooms and other areas of school buildings waiting for updates. Meanwhile, authorities worked to identify the source of the posts.

Chopper 5 was there as one high school student was taken into custody. That student is facing charges of making terroristic threats. Police said another high school student was being questioned. No weapon was found, according to authorities.

RELATED: One Juvenile Arrested After Police Say Threats Caused Lockdown of Orono Schools

After five hours, parents were reunited with their children. Many said they were frustrated by a lack of information.

RELATED: Lockdown Leaves Many Orono Parents Confused, Worried

"Nobody should have to live like this with this type of fear and I don't even want to send my kids back to school tomorrow that's how bad it is," parent Nick Tackaberry said.

Students said they were also waiting for more information during the lockdown.

"When you've heard rumors going around saying there's going to be a shooter, you kind of go into a mode where you're scared and you want to get out of school," student Taylor Tackaberry said.

The superintendent of the Orono school district, Karen Orcutt, Ph.D., stressed the district would return to normal operation Thursday.

"If parents do wish to keep students home, we support that as well but we do believe we are all clear," Orcutt said.

Orcutt said there would be counselors available along with extra security at all school buildings as students return.

KSTP is working to learn more about the student arrested and the posts that led to the lockdown.

Stay with KSTP.com and 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS for updates.


Matt Belanger & Rebecca Omastiak

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