Long Neck Elementary threat: Caller claimed to be ‘armed and on roof of school’

SUSSEX COUNTY – Delaware State Police this morning responded to threats at three schools in Delaware, including Long Neck Elementary in Millsboro and Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville.

Silverlake Elementary School in Middletown also received a threat.

The threats occurred around 9:30 a.m. this morning when a robotic style or computer generated voice phone call was received in each of the school’s offices, state police spokesman Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

In the case at Long Neck Elementary School, the caller stated he was “armed and on the roof of the school and threatened to do harm to the students and faculty,” Cpl. Fournier said.

Students there were immediately placed on lock-down and troopers and a K9 unit from Capitol Police Department immediately responded to the school.

Delaware State Police Aviation also responded and conducted an aerial search of the school and the grounds and nothing suspicious was located,  Cpl. Fournier said.

“An administrative search was conducted of the cafeteria and once cleared, the students were moved into that area before being bussed to a predetermined location away from the school,” said Cpl. Fournier. “The remainder of the school was then cleared with nothing of suspicious nature or persons located.  The students are currently being transported back to the school to resume school activities.”

Woodbridge High School did not have students in the school today, although faculty members were present and were temporarily evacuated while administrative searches were conducted. Nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located.

Students and faculty at Silverlake Elementary School were evacuated onto busses and transported to a safe distance away from the school while administrative searches were conducted.

Last week, several dozen bomb threats were received at schools in Delaware on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12. Beebe hospital also received a threat.

Anyone with any information in reference to any of these incidents is are 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 www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword “DSP.”

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