April 26, 2013

Girl, 11, accused of making bomb threat at Litchfield school

By Susan McMillan smcmillan@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

LITCHFIELD -- An 11-year-old girl is accused of making a false bomb threat Friday morning at Carrie Ricker School, marking the fourth such threat in the school district this week and the fifth this month.

Capt. Daniel Davies of the Kennebec County Sheriff's Office said the deputy leading the investigation is talking with prosecutors about whether the girl will be charged. Police withheld the girl's identity because of her age.

"I would hope there would be some type of consequences, because otherwise this is just going to continue," Davies said. "We have resources tied up, thousands of dollars getting wasted with these kids playing these games."

There was also a false bomb threat at Carrie Ricker on Thursday, in which someone wrote "bomb bomb bomb die" in a boys' bathroom, police said.

Friday's incident was the fourth in Regional School Unit 4 this week and the fifth in a month. Oak Hill Middle School in Sabattus and Oak Hill High School in Wales also have been evacuated and searched by explosive-sniffing dogs.

The threat on Friday, consisting of the words "die die die bomb" written on a wall in the second-floor girls' bathroom, was reported about 11:15 a.m., police said. The school staff had the building evacuated by the time responders arrived, so the search went quickly, and school was able to resume by about noon, Davies said.

School Principal Christine Lajoie-Cameron identified the 11-year-old girl as a suspect. Davies said the girl is a student but would not disclose her town of residence. Carrie Ricker is a grades 3-5 school for students from Litchfield, Sabattus and Wales.

A 14-year-old girl from Wales has been charged with filing a false public report or alarm for allegedly writing the word "bomb" on a bathroom mirror Monday at Oak Hill Middle School.

No one has been charged in connection with the false bomb threat April 2 and Tuesday at Oak Hill Middle School, nor for the threat at Carrie Ricker on Thursday.

RSU 4 Superintendent Jim Hodgkin said by email Friday that the district staff is working closely with law enforcement in both Kennebec and Androscoggin counties and is "very close" to identifying two other suspects.

Hodgkin said district administrators will meet Monday to discuss the spate of false threats and any action the district could take.

Susan McMillan -- 621-5645

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