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Greely High School closes Tuesday due to threat

Greely Middle School and Mabel I. Wilson School will remain open Tuesday but students will be kept indoors and buildings will be in lockdown until further notice.

CUMBERLAND, Maine — A threat on social media led officials to close Greely High School for the day on Tuesday.

According to Superintendent Jeff Porter, the threat read: "I just blocked everyone I don't wanna kill if you can read this...it's gonna happen."

 After consulting with the Cumberland Police Department, school officials closed GHS for the day and students will instead have a virtual learning day.

"Our staff was already here [Greely High Scooll] so they made that adjustment very quickly and I was actually up at the high school and students were logged in and teachers were instructing so it was a learning day for students at the high school," Porter said.

Porter added the threat was made on a fictitious high school drama program social media account and said officials have reason to believe the threat is isolated to the high school. 

Greely Middle School and Mabel I. Wilson School will remain open Tuesday but students will be kept indoors and the buildings will be in lockdown until school officials receive more information from the police. 

Porter said the only real difference to those schools, "students weren't allowed to go outside today. We have been doing a lot of outdoor learning over the last week so we weren't able to do that today." 

The Cumberland Police Department has begun an investigation and will be assisted as necessary by other local and state agencies.

As for disciplinary action, "I'm leaving that up to the Cumberland Police Department," Porter said.

If there are any updates, Porter said he will let families know as they become available. 

Porter said Wednesdays are remote learning days for the whole district and expects the high school to be back in session on Thursday.