According to a phone call from the Superintendent of schools, Gardiner area schools have been placed on lockdown due to a threat called in to 'surrounding schools'

According to the Portland Press Herald, There was also a heavy police presence at Sanford High School this morning following 'multiple reports of active school shootings'.

The Press Herald says that at this time there is no confirmation of any such shooting. And police were clearing Sanford High School hallways and classrooms 'one at a time' Tuesday morning.

UPDATE @ 9:21 AM from Maine State Police via press release:

"The Department of Public Safety is aware of multiple active shooter threats that have been made at schools throughout the state. Maine State Police have been assisting local law enforcement agencies with these initial investigations.

At this time these reports are believed to be a hoax. The Maine Information Analysis Center (MIAC) is heavily involved in coordinating these investigations."


Townsquare Media Augusta has been made aware by parents of students at Gardiner Area High School that the school has entered a 'Soft lockdown' as of Tuesday morning.

As of right now, details are limited as we work to identify the cause of the lockdown. Currently the only details we have are limited and have come from parents that have students inside school. One of the students inside the high school, who will remain unidentified, has communicated to us that an apparent 'threat' had been 'called in' to the school.

We can also confirm that Gardiner Regional Middle School is in a 'soft lockdown' because of the nearby high school being in lockdown. This information was provided by a teacher on site of GRMS.

We will work to keep this story updated as more information becomes available to us.

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