10-year-old charged on four counts after taking handgun to Monroe Elementary School

Tue, 03/14/2023 - 10:30am

    BELFAST — A 10 year-old who took a gun to Monroe Elementary March 10, has been charged with four counts related to the incident, according to a March 14 press release from Waldo County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Matt Curtis. 

    The child, who will not be named due to age, has been charged with aggravated reckless conduct, criminal terrorizing, criminal threatening, and making a threatening display of, or carrying a concealed weapon. 

    Additional details about the incident were also released, including a description of the firearm, which was a .22 caliber handgun. When the firearm was recovered, it was found unloaded with bullets in the same bag, according to Curtis. 

    The child reportedly took the gun to school on their school bus, which is where other students became aware of the weapon. Those students reported what they knew to the school’s administration, who subsequently alerted Waldo County Sheriff’s Department School Resource Officer, Deputy Jordan Tozier. 

    Following the child’s arrest, they were released by the Maine Department of Corrections from the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office to the custody of their parent. Their arraignment is scheduled for May 18, 2023 at Waldo County Unified Court. 

    It is noted in the release that the RSU 3 administration  is following its weapons, violence, and school safety policy in conjunction with this incident. 

    The incident remains under investigation with assistance from federal and local authorities in an effort to determine as many of the details leading up to the event as possible. 

    Erica Thoms can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com