Delaware delegation wants FBI info on school threats

(File/WHYY)

(File/WHYY)

After dozens of threats phoned into Delaware schools this month, Delaware’s Congressional Delegation wants more information from the FBI about the incidents.

Schools throughout Delaware have been evacuated, some multiple times, as police join educators to check out the threats. Most of the threats have been phoned in using some time of recorded or computer-generated voice.

“When a bomb threat seemingly replicates itself across multiple schools, school districts and states- as the Delaware threats did- it may be appropriate to bring federal resources to bear,” wrote Senators Tom Carper, Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney in a letter to FIB Director James Comey. “The threats caused some schools to be evacuated, triggered law enforcement investigations, and raised concerns about the safety and welfare of school children.”

Carper, Coons and Carney also asked Comey what circumstances result in the FBI assisting local authorities in investigating threats against schools. They also asked if the types of technology used to make the threats make it more difficult to evaluate the credibility of the threat.

Despite the high number of bomb threats in Delaware and other neighboring states, no bombs were found in any of the investigations by local police.

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