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Police Investigate Social Media Rumor of Possible Threat to Delmar Middle-Sr. High

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DELMAR, Del.- Police say Delmar Middle-Senior High School was placed on lockdown after social media rumors began circulating concerning a possible threat that ultimately turned out not to be credible. 

Delmar police said that on Friday morning, March 8, a concerned parent contacted the Delmar Police Department because they had found a picture of one of their children dressed up in “gang” attire holding what appeared to be a handgun. Police said this picture was taken from inside the home and the picture was in no way associated with the Delmar Middle-Senior High School.

Investigators said that when questioned as to the location of the gun, the child advised that a friend had the gun. As a result, the Delmar Police Department responded to the school to make contact with the friend. During that period of time the school decided to go into a lockdown while the Delmar Police Department conducted its investigation. The student, along with his personal belongings, were searched and no weapon was located.

Police said school administrators told the student not to discuss the matter, however, the student decided otherwise and told other students about his contact with the police. This evolved quickly into the false allegation that there was going to be a school shooting, according to police. Police said this false allegation subsequently began to spread rapidly on social media Friday morning and throughout the remainder of the weekend. The gun was subsequently located at the concerned parent’s· home and turned out to be an “Airsoft” pistol, police said. 

On Monday morning, following several more student interviews, the Delmar Police Department concluded it investigation, and police said the original source of the “school shooting” rumor has been identified.

Police said it has been determined that there is no credible threat to the safety of the children and staff at Delmar Middle-Senior High School.

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