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Update: Police Investigate Bomb Threats Called into Several Delmarva Schools

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UPDATED - Authorities are investigating bomb threats called into several schools across Delmarva.

Delaware State Police said troopers are investigating bomb threats at the following schools in the First State:

- H.B. DuPont Middle School, 735 Meeting House Road, Hockessin 

- Caesar Rodney High School, 239 Old North Road, Camden 

- Indian River High School, 29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro 

- Seaford Middle School, 500 East Stein Highway, Seaford

DSP Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said the incidents occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday, when a robotic style or computer-generated voice phone call was received in each of the school’s offices. Fournier said students were evacuated from their respective schools and administrative searches were conducted, along with the use of state police K9s with nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious located.  Students and staff were allowed back into their school upon the completion of the searches and resumed their daily activities, according to Fournier. He said  The evacuations of the schools lasted between 45 minutes to three hours.

Investigations are also being conducted by Dover, Smyrna and Milford police departments for similar incidents that occurred at schools within their jurisdictions, Fournier said. 

Anyone with information about any of these incidents 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.

Fournier said that those responsible could face multiple felony counts of terroristic threatening, at least one for each school impacted. 

In Maryland, Talbot County Public Schools reported receiving a bomb threat at approximately 11:15 a.m. for Easton Elementary School. According to the district, the students were safely taken to another building while the police department secured the area and investigated.

Parkside High School in Salisbury also received a bomb threat made by an automated call, according to Tracey Sahler, a spokesperson for Wicomico County Public Schools. She said school personnel immediately notified law enforcement and an investigation was conducted. Sahler said that while the automated bomb threat was found not to be credible, a thorough search of the building and grounds was conducted to ensure the safety of students and staff as the school day continued. 

And on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Nandua Middle School in Onley also received a bomb threat. That threat was investigated and after an all-clear, school resumed normal operations. 

REACTION

Teachers, administrators, parents, and other loved ones have expressed concern in response to the incidents. That included Mayra Portalatin, the grandmother of two students at Lulu Ross Elementary in Milford. 

"I was shaking," she said. 

Portalatin's grandchildren, 8-year-old Maya, and 7-year-old Nycaira, were in the building when the bomb threat was made. The elementary students said that it was a scary situation. 

"Some were crying," said Nycaira. 

Portalatin drove to the school to pick up her children, as soon as she received an alert about the event from the school district. She said that many other parents were doing the same. 

"I was worried," she said. "My stomach. You don't know how it feels. It - like - got tangled up like a knot."

Superintendent of Milford Schools Phyllis Kohel said that at this point, the incident appears to be a prank, but she said it was not a harmless one."

"I hope they are caught," she said. "And that they are prosecuted."

Over at Seaford Middle School, there was a similar reaction out of loved ones like Vanessa Stephansle, who was there to pick up some students. She was glad that the school was temporarily evacuated. 

"I think they need to do what's best for everybody," she said. "Which is safety first. So I was pleased that they at least got them out of the building."

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