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Bomb Threats Called into 7 Delmarva Schools

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UNDATED- Police in Delaware are investigating bomb threats phoned into six public schools on Monday morning. A threat was also called into a public school on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

Delaware State Police said the first incident occurred around 11:09 a.m., when an unknown male suspect called East Millsboro Elementary School, located at 29346 Iron Branch Road in Millsboro, and claimed a bomb was at the school. The school was evacuated and was then searched by responding Millsboro Police Department, Delaware State Police units and school administration. Nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located and staff and students were allowed to resume their daily activities, police said. 

Troopers said the second incident happened at approximately 11:13 a.m., as a male suspect placed a phone call to Beacon Middle School, located at 19483 John J. Williams Highway in Lewes, and stated that there was a bomb at the school. The school was evacuated and was then searched by responding Delaware State Police units and school administration. Police said nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located and staff and students were allowed to resume their daily activities.

The third incident happened at Sunnyside Elementary School, located at 123 Rabbit Chase Drive in Smyrna. Smyrna police, which handled the investigation, said the school received an automated bomb threat to its main office phone lines at around 11:15 a.m. School staff, in coordination with Smyrna police, evacuated all students and employees to a safe location.  Explosive detection K9 teams from Delaware State Police and Delaware Capitol Police responded and conducted a thorough search of the school.  The school was deemed safe and students and staff have been allowed to return. Police said it is believed that this automated threat is connected to several others received by schools throughout the state of Delaware. 

Delaware State Police said the fourth incident occurred at around 11:22 a.m., as a male suspect placed a phone call to Polytech High School, located at 823 Walnut Shade Road in Woodside, and advised that there was a bomb at the school. The school was evacuated and was then searched by responding Delaware State Police K-9 units and school administration. Police said nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located. However, the students were dismissed by the school.

Police said the fifth incident happened at approximately 11:33 a.m., as a male suspect placed a phone call to Stanton Middle School, located at 1800 Limestone Road in Wilmington, and stated that there was a bomb at the school. The school was placed on lockdown and was then searched by responding Delaware State Police units and school administration. Nothing out of the ordinary or suspicious was located and staff and students were allowed to resume their daily activities, police said. 

A sixth incident occurred at Mispillion Elementary School in Milford. Milford police said school staff received an automated call claiming there was a bomb on the property.  School administration put emergency plans in effect and the building was later searched.  The building was later cleared and students have since returned to class. Police said that although a nearby elementary school was not affected by this threat, district officials still took precautionary measures there also. 

Also late Monday morning, a bomb threat was called into Showell Elementary School, located at 11318 Showell School Road in Berlin, Md. According to Worcester County Public Schools, the call was made to the main office indicating there was a threat in the building. Law enforcement was notified and all students and staff were evacuated from the building. Following an inspection of the building by law enforcement, the all-clear was given for students and staff to return to the school.  

These incidents remain under investigation by police at this time. It is unknown if these bomb threats are related to the series of bomb threats which occurred in February within the state, troopers said. 

Anyone with information about any of the bomb threats should contact 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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