Messalonskee High School in Oakland was locked down briefly Monday after a report of a gunshot nearby that turned out not to be a threat.

The lockdown occurred at 10:57 a.m. after a worker on the roof of the school reported hearing what sounded like a gunshot from the nearby woods, according to a school notice sent to students and parents. In addition, the nearby Messalonskee Middle School and Williams Elementary School went into a shelter in place lockdown.

The schools are part of Regional School Unit 18, which includes Oakland, Belgrade, China, Sidney and Rome.

The school’s resource officer and Oakland police searched the area, and Maine State Police and Fairfield police also were at the scene. Ultimately, police “determined that there was no threat,” according to the school’s notice.

High school students were removed from the lockdown at 11:10 a.m. and the shelter in place order was lifted at 11:30 a.m.

Oakland police would be maintaining a presence in the area for the rest of the day, according to the school.


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