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Middletown High Locked Down After Threats


MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) - A Delaware school district was placed on lockdown for more than an hour in response to several threats.

Citing a Delaware State Police release, news outlets report a male caller Thursday said he had a bomb he was taking to Middletown High School. The school was placed on lockdown, and 10 minutes later, another male caller said he was nearby with a rifle.

After the second call, all Appoquinimink School District schools were placed on lockdown as a precaution.

While Middletown High was being searched, authorities received word of a threat of violence at Redding Middle School. One-site officers deemed that unfounded.

Nothing suspicious was found. Middletown enforced a staggered dismissal, while all other schools let out at normal times.

It's unclear whether the threats are related. Police are investigating.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.