Cops: Boy sent threats that led to school closures

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WINDHAM, Maine (AP) — Police arrested a 16-year-old Maine resident and accused him of sending two threatening emails to a school district that resulted in three days of school closures.

There was sufficient evidence to indicate the threat to Regional School Unit 14, which serves 3,300 students from Windham and Raymond, was credible, police said. The emails were "of a threatening tone" and one of them referenced the use of a weapon, police said.

The Portland Press Herald reported that police seized a weapon on Tuesday evening when searching the Windham home where the teen lives with his parents.

The boy, who will face charges in juvenile court, was charged with eight counts of terrorizing, one for each of the schools in the district. Police didn't release his name, but they said he was a Windham resident who does not attend school in the district.

The district released all students on Monday as police investigated the threat. They remained closed Tuesday and Wednesday and were expected to reopen on Thursday.

The threats were not directed at a specific school, were not identical and were sent from two different sources, police said. Police said their investigation determined the 16-year-old was the author of both emails.

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