Millsboro teen charged in threat against Sussex Tech

GEORGETOWN – Delaware State Police Saturday arrested a Millsboro teen for making threatening remarks during an incident at Sussex Technical High School that occurred Friday.

Andrew West, 15, was taken into custody at his residence, transported to Troop 4 and charged with one count of felony Terroristic Threatening, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said.

Andrew West

Sussex Tech High School administration on Friday, Sept. 6 contracted state police regarding statements made by West, who is enrolled at the school, said Cpl. Austin.

Investigation revealed that West was involved in an altercation while at the school, during which he became extremely disorderly, causing staff to intervene, Cpl. Austin said.

“During this intervention West made remarks of a concerning nature. Further investigation determined that these implicit slang remarks made by West translated to him intending to return to the school with a gun,” Cpl. Austin said.

West was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to a youth facility on $5,000 cash bail, Cpl. Austin said.

The Sussex Technical School District released the following statement regarding the Delaware State Police announcement of the arrest of an individual in connection with a suspected threat to the school.

“We take all potential threats to the safety of our students and staff very seriously. Our staff responded to this incident and assisted and cooperated with the Delaware State Police during their thorough and diligent investigation. We are pleased to reassure our families that this incident has been handled.”

“The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. Our school safety officers are present at all school functions for the protection of students and staff, our entire staff receives emergency response training, and we hold regular drills and tests of our emergency procedures to prepare for any eventuality.”

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