Threatening Incident at Rieche School

2/14/2013 - Portland Police Department
109 Middle Street
Portland, Maine 04101
CONTACT: Commander Gary Rogers, (207) 874-8546

February 13, 2013
Threatening Incident at Rieche School

At approximately 3:00 pm Portland Police officers were called to the Rieche School at 166 Brackett Street in response to a complaint that students were threatened by an adult. Seven students ranging from third to fifth graders were on the playground at the Reiche School participating in an after-school program. The adult was on the school property with his child when he confronted the victims. He made harassing and derogatory statements to the students in reference to their race while he threatened to shoot them. He also made a jester with his hand replicating a firearm. No weapon was displayed or located during the investigation.

The adult male was identified as Derek Weeks, 32 years of age, of Portland. He was arrested at a residence on High Street. Weeks was charged with seven counts of Criminal Threatening and Interference with Constitutional and Civil Rights.