Before Portland High School students enter the building tomorrow, they will be thoroughly searched by school staff and local police. A bomb-sniffing dog unit from the state police will also comb the entire facility. Each room will be carefully checked to make sure there is no threat.
"What we'll do is partner our people with the law enforcement people to help them get through the building," said Portland Public Schools Superintendent Charles Dumas, who is also the father of a senior at the high school.
A note was written on the wall of a girls bathroom warning people of a bomb, and telling students to stay away from school on Friday. Dumas said there's a 500 dollar reward for information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the threat.
"Hopefully that will entice some people to come forward with what they know," he said.
Even though it's most likely the work of a prankster, the superintendent says that when it comes to the students' safety, there's no such thing as being too careful.
"Everyone takes it seriously because we all listen to the news, we hope it never happens here, but you never know," he said.
Do the students seemed worried?
sot: (kevin pung) "no, not really, it's just someone trying to get attention," said Senior Kevin Pung.
Most seem to think it's just one student trying to stand out.
"I think it's someone trying to get attention," said sophomore Amber Larsen.
Others think the vandal may have been looking to get out of going to school.
"What they may have been looking for it it's a hoax was the hope that they'd have friday off, we'll they're not going to have friday off," said Dumas.
Friday happens to be the last day of final exams. If you're a parent of a portland high school student and you still don't feel comfortable sending your child to school tomorrow, the superintendent says that in those cases students will be able to take tomorrow's exams on monday.