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March 31, 2014

11-year-old arrested for making bomb threat

An 11-year-old student at Delaware Academy and Central School was arrested by the Delhi police department on Thursday afternoon after allegedly making a bomb threat, according to a press release from Delaware Academy Superintendent Jason Thomson.

The threat was made between 3:10 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Thursday over an internal radio frequency used by the school, Thomson said. School had been dismissed for the day and most students had already left school grounds, he said.

Faculty and staff, as well any remaining students who were participating in after-school activities, were evacuated from the building, Thomson said, and Delaware County deputies were stationed at both entrances to the campus. Deputies directed parents to pick up students from after-school activities, he said, and, as an added precaution, all school buses returning to the school from after-school routes were searched by officers.

At roughly 4:45 p.m., Thomson issued a statement indicating that all of the buildings had been secured and that there was no threat, he said.

According to a statement made by Delhi Police Chief Michael Mills, the 11-year-old was taken into custody during the campus-wide search and arrested for making a terroristic threat, petit larceny and fifth-degree possession of stolen property.

State police, the Delhi fire department and emergency medical service volunteers were also at the scene, as well as Delaware County’s director of emergency services, Steve Hood. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still being investigated, according to Thomson.

Thomson said on Sunday that he could not say enough good about the coordination between the Delhi police department, Delaware deputies and other departments that were involved. It was a team effort, he said, with safety at the forefront.

“It’s unfortunate that this happened,” Thomson said, “but I’m proud of the staff and everyone that was there to help. It’s important to be proactive so that this doesn’t happen again.”

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