More bomb threats: Millsboro Middle School, Beebe among targets

MILLSBORO – Safety precautions were undertaken at several schools Tuesday morning – the second day of multiple bomb threats at public schools in Delaware.

According to Delaware State Police Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, the incidents occurred at about 9:30 a.m. this morning at Millsboro Middle School, on East State Street in Millsboro, and Beacon Middle School on John J. Williams Highway in Lewes.

Schools in some cases were evacuated and state police and local K9 bomb units responded.

In addition, Cpl. Fournier said investigations were also being conducted by Dover Police Department, Greenwood Police Department and Milford Police Department for similar incidents that occurred at schools within their jurisdictions Tuesday morning.

David Maull, Indian River School District spokesman, said a bomb threat was received at Millsboro Middle School at approximately 9:30 a.m.

“The building was placed on lockdown and Delaware State Police K-9 units cleared the gym and cafeteria. Students were then sent to those areas while police swept the rest of the building, including all classrooms,” said Mr. Maull. “The building was not evacuated as IRHS was yesterday.”

Police gave the “all clear” at 11:48 a.m. and students returned to their classrooms. All were served lunch.

“The school has resumed normal operations and will dismiss at its regular time,” said Mr. Maull.

Also Tuesday, Beebe Healthcare received a bomb threat similar to those received by area schools.

According to Beebe spokeswoman Kelly Griffin, the telephone threat stated a bomb may be on the lower level of the parking garage. The parking garage and surrounding areas were searched by state and local police and their canine teams. The area was declared clear of any danger and safe.

Tuesday’s threats followed a series of statewide threats phoned in to Indian River High School, Seaford Middle School, Caesar Rodney High School, H.B. DuPont Middle School in Hockessin that were investigated by state police, and threats investigated locally by police departments in Milford, Dover and Smyrna.

No explosives or anything of suspicious nature were found in K9 sweeps of buildings Monday.

Those threats were made by an automatic/robotic style or computer-generated voice phone call, state police said.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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