Police investigate alleged sexual assault at Redding Middle School

Dr. Matthew Burrows

MIDDLETOWN — An alleged sexual assault perhaps involving multiple Redding Middle School students earlier in the week remained under investigation Friday.

In an emailed release to parents and staff Thursday, Appoquinimink School District Superintendent Dr. Matthew Burrows disclosed few details, citing the involvement of minor students and an ongoing Delaware State Police investigation.

Dr. Burrows said that while he preferred to keep the possible matter confidential at this point, a looming release by the news media prompted notification.

He said “we do not wish you to learn of this from a third party.”

School staff learned of a possible incident Tuesday, Dr. Burrows said, and “[d]ue to the seriousness of the matter, law enforcement officials were contacted immediately.”

The school district said it is fully cooperating with the investigation and adhering to the DSP’s request to release any further information at this time, “other than to express our deep concern for all involved,” according to Dr. Burrows.

Upon completion of the investigation, the school district will “communicate the results of the matter,” Dr. Burrows said.

“Any decisions taken will reflect the policies of our Student Code of Conduct.”

In the notification, the superintendent stressed, “Nothing is more important to us than the safety of all students and staff.”

The district noted that Redding parents and staff were the first ones notified about the matter.

A Delaware State Police spokesman declined comment Friday, citing the ongoing investigation.

He referred all questions regarding student status and discipline to the school district, and a spokeswoman declined comment as well.

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