A Millsboro area teen has been arrested for making threats involving Sussex Technical High School. Here are the details from the Delaware State Police, followed by a public statement from Sussex Technical High School:
Delaware State Police:
"The Delaware State Police have arrested 15 year old Andrew West of Millsboro, for making threatening statements involving Sussex Tech. High School.
On Friday, September 6, 2019 Troopers were contacted by the Sussex Tech H.S. administration regarding concerning statements that were made by West, who is currently enrolled at the school. The investigation determined that West had been involved in an altercation while at the school, during which he became extremely disorderly, causing staff to intervene. During this intervention West made remarks of a concerning nature. Further investigation determined that these implicit slang remarks made by West translated to him intending to return to the school with a gun.
On Saturday, September 7, Detectives from the Troop 4 Youth Aid Division responded to West’s residence where he was taken in to custody without incident and then transported back to Troop 4, where he was charged with one count of felony Terroristic Threatening. West was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court #3 and then committed to a youth facility on $5000.00 cash bail."
From Sussex Tech:
"Sussex Technical School District Statement on Threat Against High School
The Sussex Technical School District released the following statement regarding the Delaware State Police announcement of the arrest of an individual in connection with a suspected threat to the school:
We take all potential threats to the safety of our students and staff very seriously. 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 safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. 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.
Counseling services are available to any member of the Sussex Tech community. We are grateful to the Delaware State Police for their prompt assistance and support, and thankful for our staff members who handled this issue promptly and effectively."