Camden police issued a statement Feb. 7 saying a threatening email that forced the closing of schools in MSAD 28 and the Five Town CSD was likely a hoax.

Police Chief Randy Gagne said a school administrator received an email shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, that made a date-specific threat to the district. The press release states that School Superintendent Maria Libby immediately contacted Camden police and decided to close schools as a precaution.

"Closing school allowed police time to research the threat and to conduct searches of the school buildings," police said. "Working with local, state and federal partners, it was discovered by mid-morning that numerous other schools in Maine, along with a school in Florida, had received the same message."

Police conducted searches of all of the schools within the two districts, which include the Camden-Rockport Elementary School, the Camden-Rockport Middle School and Camden Hills Regional High School. The searches revealed nothing of a suspicious nature.

"At this point we are confident that this incident was a hoax. We will continue to work with our local, state and federal partners in an attempt to identify where the threat originated from and the identification of the perpetrator," the statement concludes.

The school district kept parents informed of developments.

"We received a threat to the district and need to play it safe while we work with police to determine if there is any credibility to the threat," Libby said in an email to parents. "Therefore, we need to cancel school today. I will provide more information as it becomes available."

Libby also left two phone messages for parents throughout the morning, informing them of updates. In a second email, sent at 12:30 p.m., Libby stated that she expected school to start on time Thursday morning, weather permitting. An early release time had already been planned for Wednesday because of an impending snowstorm. She ended her email with the following message:

"If you don't hear from me, assume we are starting on time. If that phone rings between 5:30 – 6, it is probably me again with an important message for you. Thanks for hanging in there with us as we weave through snow storms, black ice, and other random hazards of life in Maine and this slightly crazy world we live in!"