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Boy, 15, faces felony charge in connection with Sussex Tech threat

September 8, 2019

A 15-year-old Millsboro boy faces a felony charge after police say he threatened Sussex Tech High School.

The boy was involved in an altercation Sept. 6 at the school in which he was extremely disorderly, said Master Cpl. Michael Austin of the Delaware State Police.

When staff intervened in the fight, Austin said, the boy used a slang term which implied he would return to the school with a gun.

On Sept. 7,detectives from the Troop 4 Youth Aid Division went to the boy’s home and took him in to custody without incident. The boy was taken to Troop 4 and charged with one count of felony terroristic threatening. He was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 and committed to a youth facility in default of $5,000 cash bail.

Sussex Tech released statement Sept. 8 saying the district takes potential threats seriously and its top priority is the safety of students.

“Our staff responded to this incident and assisted and cooperated with the Delaware State Police during their thorough and diligent investigation. We are pleased to reassure our families that this incident has been handled,” the statement read. “Our school safety officers are present at all school functions for the protection of students and staff, our entire staff receives emergency response training, and we hold regular drills and tests of our emergency procedures to prepare for any eventuality.”

Officials said counseling services are available to any member of the Sussex Tech community.