MDI High closed after bomb threat

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School was evacuated and students and staff sent home for the day Friday in response to a possible bomb threat.

The building was emptied just before noon after a student noticed some words “that seemed troubling” written on the wall in a restroom.

“He went to the administration and reported what he had seen,” MDI school district superintendent Howard Colter said.

“The administration went to the bathroom to confirm the threat,” Colter continued.

Principal Matt Haney then contacted Colter and Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Police Chief Jim Willis.

“I came over from Mount Desert Elementary School and decided to send everyone home,” Colter added.

Around 1:30 p.m., school officials indicated they were waiting for two state troopers to arrive from the canine unit capable of detecting explosives that will sweep the building.

At roughly 4 p.m., Colter said local and state police had completed their search and had found nothing suspicious. Three bomb-sniffing dogs were included in the search.

“The local police, state police and fire departments were incredibly helpful and professional,” said Colter. “I can’t thank them enough.”

The building will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Earl Brechlin

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.
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