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May 17, 2013

Threats made at Walton and Delhi schools

Safety measures taken; Delhi prom is postponed

Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star

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Threats at Delaware Academy and Walton Central schools this afternoon resulted in safety measures being taken. No incidents occurred, but the investigations are continuing, officials said. While the events do not appear to be related it was too early to say for sure, a police chief involved said.


The incident at Delhi started after school officials were notified of a general threat on an Internet message board against the school, officials said. The school went on lockdown, and the police were contacted, arriving soon after, at  about 1:50 p.m., according to a media release from Delhi police.


With the assistance from the state police, Delaware deputies and University Police at SUNY Delhi, they secured and searched the campus. When it was deemed to be safe, the lockdown ended and students were dismissed at about 3 pm. The incident remains under investigation, but classes will be held Monday, Mills said. Anyone with information pertaining to the investigation should contact the Delhi police at (607) 746-2249.


Because the investigation is not completed, and to ensure safety of the students, the prom that was scheduled for Saturday is postponed until June 1, Superintendent Jason Thomson said.


The other incident occurred at Walton, where Townsend Elementary School had already taken extra security measures, including a police presence, based on unsubstantiated Facebook threats to a parent and child, according to a school media release.


At about 1 p.m., the Walton police spoke to the district about additional Facebook postings that referenced the Townsend Elementary School and used the word “shooting.” Police were present at the elementary, middle school and high school during dismissal to ensure safety. All after-school activities were canceled. School will open on Monday with additional police presence. No mention was mentioned about Walton's prom being affected.