Phone threat not credible: Heightened security lifted at Indian River schools

POST lockdown

Schools in the Indian River School District operated under heightened security for several hours Tuesday morning after a phone threat was received at East Millsboro Elementary School. Investigation revealed the threat was not credible.

MILLSBORO – All schools in the Indian River School District operated under heightened security at low-level lockdown Tuesday morning after a threat was received at East Millsboro Elementary School.

East Millsboro Elementary received the phone threat at about 9:50 a.m.

According to state police spokesman Cpl. Gary Fournier, an unknown person called the main office of East Millsboro Elementary School, located at 29346 Iron Branch Road, Millsboro, and threatened to harm the children at that school.

As a precautionary measure under the comprehensive school safety plan, all district schools were placed on “heightened security status,” IRSD spokesman Dave Maull said in a release from the school district.

“As a precaution, Indian River School District had all students throughout the district come back into their respective schools and a low-level lockdown was instituted while detectives conducted their investigation,” Cpl. Fournier said. “Troopers also responded to schools throughout the Indian River School District as a precautionary measure.

During that time, there were no outdoor activities and visitors to the schools were closely monitored.

The school day proceeded as normal inside the building in regards to classes, lunch, etc.

Delaware State Police are investigating this incident, but found that the threat was not credible. Therefore, heightened security status was lifted at all district schools at about 12:20 p.m.

Schools have resumed normal operations and will dismiss at their regular times. In addition, all after-school activities will proceed as scheduled.

State police investigation is continuing and troopers will maintain an increased presence at the schools for the remainder of the day, Cpl. Fournier said.



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