Alna selectman informs residents about statement containing ‘mindless hate’
Area officials have confirmed authorities are investigating a comment the Alna for Choice in Education website received Wednesday. The website formed around Alna’s school choice issue voters face at the polls March 23. And near midday Friday, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office released a media alert.
“(The) Sheriff's Office was notified of a concerning e-mail which had been received (Wednesday) evening by the community organization ‘Alna for Choice in Education,’” the alert reads. “... (The) e-mail was received via the organization's website (and) did not contain any direct threats against any person or group. However, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is taking this matter very seriously and have investigators assigned to attempt to trace the e-mail's origin. Court orders have been obtained and any leads will be followed up on without delay.
“If any person has information concerning this investigation, please contact Lt. Michael Murphy or Detective Jared Mitkus at 882-7332.”
Alna Third Selectman Doug Baston released a statement Thursday afternoon to subscribers of the town’s email. Baston writes he wanted to share what he knows, “because there are rumors abroad.” He further notes, the other selectmen are away, so he is writing on behalf of all of them, as he knows they would agree.
The statement reads in part: “Last night the Alna Choice website received an anonymous comment ... Somehow this comment migrated from the closed choice website into a broader discussion on social media and was observed there by an administrator at a local school, who reported it to the Wiscasset Police Department. In light of yesterday’s shooting in Florida, local schools have activated whatever precautions they have planned for potential threat situations.