Oceanside High School targeted

Maine law enforcement responds to multiple active shooter threats in schools, thought to be a hoax

Tue, 11/15/2022 - 11:00am

    The Maine Department of Public Safety said Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, that it is aware of multiple active shooter threats that have been made at schools throughout the state. Maine State Police have been assisting local law enforcement agencies with initial investigations.

    At this time these reports are believed to be a hoax, the state said. The Maine Information Analysis Center (MIAC) is heavily involved in coordinating these investigations.

    The Rockland Police Department issued a news release on its Facebook page Tuesday morning, Nov. 15, and said that Oceanside High School was a target of a hoax call about an active shooter.

    “Rockland Police are working with RSU 13 to ensure the continued safety of our students and community,” police said. “Again, there are NO credible threats at this time.”

    Police shared a statement from RSU 13 Superintendent John McDonald who confirmed that the call was false and was verified by police as a hoax.

    “This morning several Maine Schools have received hoax calls stating that an active shooter was present on campus. At approximately 10:00 AM this morning, Rockland Police notified us that such a call came into dispatch indicating an active shooter at Oceanside High School. This is FALSE and has been verified by Rockland PD as a hoax. We are following all of our safety protocols but there is no danger to students at this time and we are experiencing normal operations.”

    Superintendent John McDonald