Officials investigating threat at Bonny Eagle High School; classes canceled Thursday

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Sep. 29—Bonny Eagle High School will be closed Thursday following a threat of violence that was made on a social media app and shared by students.

Paul Penna, superintendent for SAD 6, which includes Bonny Eagle, said Wednesday that the threat timed for Thursday was shared over the social media service SnapChat. The short video showed an unidentified person writing on a whiteboard, "I will shoot up the school Thursday, September 30th."

The first threat was not specific to Bonny Eagle, Penna said, but more messages were shared as the morning progressed, and one of them did identify the high school.

"The sheriff's office is involved," he said. "We're told this is happening at other schools, too."

A Cumberland County Sheriff's Department official did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Although the threat is not considered credible, Penna said staff decided to cancel school Thursday as a precaution. Bonny Eagle, in Standish, serves students in the towns of Standish, Buxton, Hollis, Limington and Frye Island.

"We'll be putting out information tonight for parents and students," he said. "This isn't something we're going to play games with."

Penna said he was frustrated by the incident.

"Social media is just killing our society," he said. "It makes people live on this edge for no good reason. There is nothing to be gained from doing this."

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