Clayton Elementary target of bomb threat

FRANKFORD – John M. Clayton Elementary in Frankford received a bomb threat Tuesday morning – one of two downstate schools targeted in the ongoing wave of threats.

Shields Elementary School in Lewes also received a bomb threat.

According to Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, a caller this morning at about 9:47 a.m. stated there was a bomb outside John M. Clayton Elementary, located on Clayton Avenue.

The building was placed on low-level lockdown as it was searched by school administration with the assistance of Delaware State Police K-9 units. Again, nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located and staff and students resumed their daily activities, Cpl. Fournier said.

Shields Elementary School at 9:35 a.m. received a call stating there was a bomb inside of the building. The school was evacuated and searched by Lewes Police Department, Delaware State Police units and school administration.

Daily activities resumed once it was deemed safe.

Both of these incidents remain under investigation by the Delaware State Police at this time. It is unknown if these bomb threats are related to the series of bomb threats which have been occurring throughout the state over the past few weeks, Cpl. Fournier said.

Anyone with any information in reference to any of the bomb threats which have occurred is asked to contact Troop 2 Youth Aid Division at 302-834-2620, Troop 3 Youth Aid Division at 302-697-4454, or Troop 4 Youth Aid Division at 302-856-5850.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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