Augusta police issued a summons Thursday to a 15-year-old female Cony High School student after another bomb threat was made at the school.

A threat was “communicated through a handwritten note on the school property” a little after 7 a.m., according to a news release from the Augusta Police Department. The school was evacuated as a precaution, but a police officer stationed at the school and detectives quickly identified the suspect.

After the summons on a charge of terrorizing was issued, the student was turned over to her parents, according to police.

Detectives still are investigating bomb threats made at Cony at the end of last school year. The threats occurred June 2, 8 and 9 leading to evacuations with two of them being conveyed in bathroom stalls in both the boys and girls bathrooms.

A third threat, which mentioned a bomb and a shooter outside the school, was found written on a note. In that instance, school officials locked students inside the school.

At one point, parents expressed concern about how the school district was handling the threats, leading Superintendent James Anastasio and Cony Principal Kim Silsby to hold a community forum. Anastasio did not respond Thursday to requests for additional information.


Augusta Deputy Chief Jared Mills, responding Thursday evening, said the suspect is a girl. He said evidence at the scene and the work of School Resource Officer Carly Wiggin and Detective Tori Tracy enabled police to identify the suspect quickly.

Students returned to their classes shortly after the school was evacuated, Mills said.

District Attorney Maeghan Maloney said last month that she wants to work with state legislators to strengthen state laws when it comes to prosecuting cases involving school bomb threats.

Bomb threat suspects are charged under terrorizing statutes. Threats that lead to an evacuation rise to the level of a class C felony, which not only carries a potential penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, but also brings with it longer-lasting effects, such as a prohibition against ever owning a firearm or preclusion from certain careers.

But according to state law, if the building is not evacuated, the maximum penalty is a class D misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine with no accompanying long-term consequences.

“It will be aggressively prosecuted,” Maloney said last month. “This is a serious threat. It’s affecting the education of a large number of students. I will make this a priority if we have a case against someone.”

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