The gun shot at Central Middle School in Dover comes amid a string of bomb threats to a number of schools in the state. The shooting doesn’t appear to be related.
Dover Police detained two students at the middle school after one of them fired a gun inside a school bathroom. Police believe one of the students brought the gun to school, then gave it to the second student who pulled the trigger.
They say it’s not clear if the gun was intentionally fired. No one was injured. The school was immediately put on lock down while police and staff searched the rest of the school for any other issues.
Capital School District officials posted a note for parents on Facebook that the school was locked down for about an hour. They also said, “Dover Police will remain at Central Middle School with a very strong presence for the remainder of the day.”
The shooting was not the first time police had been called to Central. Earlier in the day, the school was evacuated following a bomb threat called into the school in the morning.
According to Delaware State Police, multiple bomb threats were called into other schools across the state. Troopers were investigating threats made against Brandywine High School and Stanton Middle, both in Wilmington. Threat’s were also made against Millsboro Middle and Beacon Middle in Lewes. Local police in Greenwood and Milford were also investigating bomb threats to schools in their jurisdictions.
Similar threats were made on Monday against Henry B. du Pont Middle School in Hockessin, Caesar Rodney High in Dover, Dover High, Smyrna Elementary, Indian River High in Dagsboro, Lulu M. Ross Elementary in Milford, and Seaford Middle School.
Police say nothing suspicious was found at any of the schools.