Student arrested after making alleged threat at James H. Groves School

Channing Fisher

WOODSIDE — A 19-year-old James H. Groves Adult High School student was charged with terroristic threatening after allegedly making an undisclosed disturbing comment Thursday that was overheard and reported, Delaware State Police said.

While authorities claimed that Channing Fisher, of Dover, indicated “he would do harm to the school,” Delaware State Police did not publicly reveal the nature of the threat or where it was supposedly directed.

Police said another student overheard the allegedly threatening comment, which prompted law enforcement’s response.

The State Police Youth Aid Unit went to the school at 823 Walnut Shade Road immediately, spokeswoman Master Cpl. Melissa Jaffe said. Mr. Fisher was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to Troop 3 and charged with the felony.

Police said no weapons were located when Mr. Fisher and his residence were searched. The extent of the search was not described in a news release. Answers to followup media questions were not immediately available.

After arraignment through Justice of the Peace Court 2 in Rehoboth Beach, Mr. Fisher was released on $2,000 unsecured bond. Police said a bond condition mandated “that he turn in any and all weapons and have no contact with any schools.”

According to Delaware Code, terroristic threatening occurs when any of the following factors are present:

1, The person threatens to commit any crime likely to result in death or in serious injury to person or property;

2. The person makes a false statement or statements:

a. Knowing that the statement or statements are likely to cause evacuation of a building, place of assembly, or facility of public transportation;

b. Knowing that the statement or statements are likely to cause serious inconvenience; or

c. In reckless disregard of the risk of causing terror or serious inconvenience; or

3. The person commits an act with intent of causing an individual to believe that the individual has been exposed to a substance that will cause the individual death or serious injury.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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