6 Delaware schools get bomb threats

SMYRNA — Bomb threats were called in to six schools throughout the state on Monday, police said.

Delaware State Police and municipal departments reported incidents in Millsboro, Lewes, Woodside, Wilmington, Smyrna and Milford; all schools were deemed safe after searches were conducted.

State Police said four threats were called in from approximately 11:09 a.m. to 11:33 a.m., all by a male suspect or suspects.

The sequence began at East Millsboro Elementary School at 29346 Iron Branch Road and authorities said the building was evacuated and searched by the responding Millsboro Police Department, State Police and school administration. Nothing out of the ordinary was found and students resumed their daily schedule, authorities said.

The next call came to Beacon Middle School at 19483 John J. Williams Highway in Lewes at approximately 11:13 a.m. School administrators and State Police conducted a search and nothing suspicious was found, according to authorities.

The third incident came at approximately 11:22 a.m. as Polytech High School at 823 Walnut Shade Road in Woodside received a threatening call. An evacuation commenced, and State Police K-9 units and school administrators found nothing out of the ordinary. The students were dismissed from school, police.

The final event came at approximately 11:33 a.m. at Stanton Middle School at 1800 Limestone Road in Wilmington. After the bomb threat was received, the school was placed on lock down as responding State Police Units and administrators searched the building. Nothing suspicious was located and students returned to class.

State Police said it was unknown if these bomb threats were related to the series of bomb threats which occurred in February within the state.

State Police asked anyone with information to contact Youth Aid Divisions at Troop 2, 834-2620, Troop 3, 697-4454, or Troop 4, 856-5850. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, online at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

• Sunnyside Elementary School at 123 Rabbit Chase Lane in Smyrna received an automated bomb threat to its main office phone lines at approximately 11:15 a.m., police said. School staff in coordination with the Smyrna Police Department immediately evacuated all students and employees to a safe location, authorities said.

Explosive detection K-9 teams from the Delaware State Police and the Delaware Capitol Police responded and searched the school. The school was deemed safe and students and staff were allowed to return, authorities said.

Smyrna Police said it believes the automated threat is connected to several others received by schools throughout Delaware and investigation continues.

• In Milford, Mispillion Elementary School staff received a bomb threat, police said. Milford Police said school administration put emergency plans in effect and the building was later searched.

The building was later cleared and students returned to class, authorities said. Although a nearby elementary school was not affected by this threat, district officials still took precautionary measures there also, police said.

Milford Police asked anyone with information to call422-8081 or Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333. Tips can also be submitted through the MyPD app, Facebook, or at milfordpolicede.org/tips/.

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