Community Notice November 18, 2022 - confirmed hoax that is currently circulating in Maine regarding school shootings across the state.

Searsport  ●  Stockton Springs  

Office of the Superintendent

6 Mortland Road

Searsport, ME 04974

Phone:  (207) 548-6643

Fax:  (207) 548-2310

November 18, 2022

Dear RSU #20 Community & Families,

I am writing to inform you about a hoax that is currently circulating in Maine regarding school shootings in Cumberland County. The reports that are coming into multiple school districts, which are largely taking the form of robocalls, have been determined to be false.


It was reported that there was a mass casualty incident in at least two high schools in Southern Maine. Local authorities were in immediate contact with Superintendents around the state to update us on these events. In addition, The Maine Department of Education and The Maine Information Analysis Center quickly announced that they believed (and have now confirmed) that these reports were a hoax.

I know these reports can understandably cause stress and fear. RSU #20 is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. We are working collaboratively with the Waldo County Sheriff's Office and the Searsport Police Department. We will respond accordingly in the event any reports are made to RSU #20 schools. At this time, RSU #20 schools are operating as usual. If anyone needs assistance or support this afternoon, please reach out to your child’s school principal. 


Chris Downing

Superintendent of Schools