AUGUSTA — Cony High School was found to be safe after it was evacuated and closed Tuesday morning because officials found writing on a wall that they thought represented a bomb threat.

School officials “became aware of a bomb threat” just after 11 a.m., said James Anastasio, superintendent of Augusta schools, in an email to parents. Sgt. Christian Behr, of the Augusta Police Department, said they found “suspicious writing on a bathroom wall” that made no explicit threat but indicated “potential danger.”

Behr said the school on Pierce Drive was evacuated safely and Maine State Police bomb-sniffing dogs arrived there by 1 p.m. They searched the building and found nothing with police declaring the school safe by 3:30 p.m., said Sgt. Christopher Shaw of the city police.

Students were taken by bus to the Augusta Civic Center, where they were released for the day. All afternoon and evening events, including athletics, were canceled. The school said on its website that it will reopen on Wednesday.

Michael Shepherd — 370-7652

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