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Possible violence intercepted at Traip Academy

KITTERY (WGME) -- A possible school attack in Kittery has been intercepted and the student accused of making the violent threats has been expelled.

Kittery Superintendent Allyn Hutton calls it a brave move by several students at Traip Academy.

She says on January 14th, some kids reported to officials that one of their classmates was making violent threats to kill other students and teachers.

There were individuals who, even though frightened, stepped forward and did the right thing, Hutton said.

She says nowadays, schools have no other choice but to have a crisis plan in place for exactly this kind of situation.

We all have nightmares about that and it adds another level of intensity for this position, Hutton explained. We're training to be educational leaders and suddenly we have had to become safety experts.

Hutton says the 17-year-old senior was pulled out of classes immediately.

Police got a search warrant for the student's home and recovered several pieces of evidence, including a knife.

It's now being processed by State Police and the student has been charged with terrorizing.

In this particular case, we hope we nipped it in the bud and this will be the end of it, said Kittery Police Chief Ted Short.

Short says his department has zero tolerance for any threat of violence.

We've seen the aftermath across the United States when people think that things arent that serious, he said.

Superintendent Hutton says protecting the 1,091 students in the district is her most important task.

Hutton believes the school committee made the right decision Monday when it voted to expel the accused student.

As unfortunate as an expulsion is, if we've done something to keep the school safer, that's our priority, Hutton said.

The student is supposed to graduate in June.

Hutton says online courses and tutoring are options and she is willing to work with the student and his family to make sure he gets a high school diploma.