New bomb threats in Delaware; FBI investigating

     (Paige Pfleger/WHYY)

    (Paige Pfleger/WHYY)

    Once again, what turned out to be idle bomb threats made against two more schools disrupted classes for students in Delaware.

    Delaware State Police and local police K9s searched the following schools, but found nothing suspicious:

    East Millsboro Elementary School, 26346 Iron Branch Road, Millsboro, DE
    Everett Meredith Middle School, 504 South Broad Street, Middletown, DE

    The incidents occurred around 10:00 a.m., Wednesday morning.

    These fresh threats add to the more than a dozen unfounded threats that have terrorized Delmarva schools in the past week. 

    Sheriff Michael Lewis with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office in Salisbury, MD said the FBI’s Baltimore field office has formed a Bomb Threat Task Force. The task force will continue to work with local law enforcement in an effort to track down those responsible for the threats. 

    The FBI will take the lion’s share of the investigative responsibility for these cases, while continuing to work with local law enforcement agencies.

    These robo-calls, or computer-generated threats of bombs or mass shootings, have also disrupted classes for students in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

    Bergen County, NJ Sheriff Michael Saudino said Tuesday’s calls were apparently routed through Bakersfield, California.

    Authorities have not yet determined if the threats are linked.

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