PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine State Police chief says there’s no credible threat following a rumor on Facebook said somebody was threatening harm to schools in Cumberland and York counties.
Col. Robert Williams said Friday that investigators have ‘‘chased baseless rumors for the past 24 hours.’’
School officials in Portland and Gorham earlier said they were increasing the police presence at schools after hearing about a Facebook message suggesting schools would be targeted on Friday.
Portland Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk said the threat wasn’t confirmed and doesn’t name schools by name, but that school officials take all threats seriously.
In an open letter to parents, Gorham Superintendent Ted Sharp asked them to be attentive to conversations, emails, Facebook postings and behavioral changes.