Threatening letters target Scarborough superintendent, family


    Police say threatening letters have targeted the Scarborough school superintendent and her family. (WGME)

    SCARBOROUGH (WGME) – Police say threatening letters have targeted the Scarborough school superintendent and her family.

    A clash over school policies has divided the town, but Scarborough police have never seen these kinds of tactics used before.

    Scarborough Police say the threatening letter was addressed to the husband of Scarborough School Superintendent Julie Kukenberger. The Board of Education characterized the letter as demeaning, misogynistic and defamatory.

    Scarborough Police Chief Robert Moulton would not show us the letter sent to the Kukenberger's home or the similar letters sent to five school board members and the town manager, but he's talking about what's in them.

    "They contain allegations of inappropriate behavior on the part of the superintendent," Moulton said.

    Allegations the Board of Education determined were absolutely false.

    "The letter goes on to advise the Kukenbergers they should plan on leaving, moving away, as it's never going to get any better," Moulton said.

    Jillian Trapini-Huff is part of a group trying to recall three school board members who they say side with Superintendent Kukenberger on issues unpopular with a lot of families. She wants the letters to stop.

    "I would say knock it off,” Trapini-Huff said. “It's not appropriate."

    Police say the author of the letters also indicated they were aware of conversations going on inside the Kukenberger home.

    "We do have evidence of an individual's involvement," Moulton said.

    Police won't identify that suspect. They also say others are involved.

    "In our leadership team I can say with almost 100% certainty that it isn't one of us," Trapini-Huff said.

    She blames the school board for creating this huge divide in the community. The superintendent and town manager didn't get back to us today.

    At this point, police have made no arrests. The case remains under investigation.

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