State police: Groves’ student threatened to ‘shoot up school’

Channing Fisher

DOVER — A 19-year-old Dover man was allegedly overheard saying he “will shoot up the school” last week before being arrested on a felony terroristic threatening charge, authorities said in an arrest affidavit.

The Delaware State Police said James H. Groves Adult High School student Channing Fisher was taken into custody without incident at school after members of the Troop 3 Youth Aid Unit arrived at 823 Walnut Shade Road in Woodside Thursday to investigate.

Charging documents said state police were contacted that day by the Polytech School District’s superintendent (whose name was redacted) and reacted immediately.

The superintendent “advised that a concerned citizen overheard the defendant” make a statement that later brought his arrest.

The date and time of the alleged offense was listed as occurring between 8 a.m. and noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13. School officials learned of it on Thursday and immediately contacted authorities, police said.

“The statement did cause alarm and was made during the school day,” police said in the affidavit. “The statement did prompt a call to law enforcement.”

The adult education building is connected to Polytech High, court documents said.

Police said no weapons were found when Mr. Fisher and his residence were searched. A state police news release didn’t indicate when and where Mr. Fisher was taken into custody.

Mr. Fisher was given a $2,000 unsecured bond when arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach and ordered to “turn in any and all weapons and have no contact with any schools,” according to state police.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Friday.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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