Six Delaware schools hit with bomb threats

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Multiple police agencies are investigating bomb threats received at six schools throughout Delaware Monday.

State police were notified at 11:09 a.m. that an unknown man called East Millsboro Elementary School along Iron Branch Road and said there was a bomb in the school, Sgt. Richard Bratz said. Over the next half hour, another three calls – all involving an unknown male caller and the threat of a bomb on school property – were placed to Beacon Middle School in Lewes, Polytech High School in Woodside and Stanton Middle School in Stanton, he said.

Milford and Smyrna police departments also reported automated calls that involved a bomb threat made to Mispillion Elementary School and Sunnyside Elementary School earlier this morning.

In all situations, the schools were evacuated and the buildings were searched. Nothing out of the ordinary was reported in any cases, police said. The only school to dismiss early was the Polytech High School, Bratz said.

“It is believed that this automated threat is connected to several others received by schools throughout the state of Delaware,” said Cpl. Brian Donner, a spokesman for Smyrna Police Department. State police, however, said it’s unknown whether these bomb threats are related to a string of calls received across the state in January and early February, police said.

Anyone with information on the incidents should contact police at their respective locations.

State police can be reached at 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. Tips may also be provided to Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, at delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword DSP.

Milford Police can be reached at (302) 422.8081, at Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, at at milfordpolicede.org/tips or through the MyPD App.

Contact Brittany Horn at (302) 324-2771 or bhorn@delawareonline.com. Follow her on Twitter at @brittanyhorn.

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