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CBHS, PATHS Reopening after Threat Arrest

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CBHS, PATHS Reopening after Threat Arrest
Posted on 11/20/2019
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Casco Bay High School and the Portland Arts & Technology High School (PATHS) will be open as usual on Thursday, Nov. 21, following a Portland Police Department announcement that a Westbrook youth was detained and charged with terrorizing for threatening some Casco Bay students via social media earlier this week.  The student is not affiliated with the Portland Public Schools.

After a threat was specifically directed at a group of Casco Bay students through social media near the end of the school day on Tuesday, Nov. 19, Superintendent Xavier Botana ordered both schools closed as a cautionary measure for Wednesday, Nov. 20. No threats were made against PATHS students, but that school and Casco Bay share a campus, so both schools were closed to allow police time to complete their investigation.

On Wednesday morning, police announced that they had taken someone into custody and cleared school to resume tomorrow. As a result, both Casco Bay High School Principal Derek Pierce and PATHS Director Kevin Stilphen sent communications to their schools’ students, families and staff that the schools planned to resume their normal schedules on Thursday.

“We are grateful for the police department’s dedicated work on this case and we will continue to partner with the department to ensure student and staff safety,” Pierce said. “We are also grateful for all of the support we have received from students and families in our school community and around Portland during this challenging day. We are excited to resume learning together tomorrow.”

Pierce said school counselors and support staff will be available for anyone at the school who may need additional assistance. A meeting also will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Great Space for any parents, students or community members who would like to further discuss this incident and the school's response to it, or school safety more generally.

Stilphen said, “I am grateful for all of the assistance we have received from our sending schools in assisting us with communicating the closure to our students and their families. We are excited to know our students will be back tomorrow.” He invited parents, students or sending school colleagues to contact him with any questions or concerns.

PATHS is a regional high school that serves students from Portland and 13 other communities.

Read the Portland Police Department media release HERE.