Update: Police say social media threat towards Skyline Middle non-credible

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The Delaware State Police are working in conjunction with the Red Clay Consolidated School District in reference to a threatening social media post involving Skyline Middle School that began circulating Sunday evening.

WILMINGTON (DE): The Delaware State Police are continuing to investigate a social media threat involving Skyline Middle School that circulated Sunday evening.

In the threat, which was posted on Instagram, a subject intended to carry out a shooting at the school this morning, Monday January 27, 2020.

Police say that the threat was posted on Instagram and stated that a subject was going to carry out a shooting at the school on Monday morning.

According to police spokesman Michael Austin, “the investigation into the threat is active and ongoing.” and “for precautionary measures there will be an additional police presence at the school on Monday, January 27.”

Austin also said that “There will also be an additional police presence at Heritage Elementary School due to it’s close proximity to Skyline Middle. There was no threat to Heritage, these measures are in place out of an abundance of caution.”

The investigation continued throughout Sunday evening and into the early morning hours of Monday. The initial investigation has determined the threat to be non-credible. However, out of an abundance of caution additional police personnel were on campus at both Skyline Middle School and Heritage Elementary School to further ensure the safety of the school community., Austin said.

Police say that the presence at Heritage Elementary School was only due to it’s close proximity to Skyline Middle School and there was no threat made to Heritage.

“Detectives from the Troop 2 Youth Aid Division, have determined that the male subject associated with the Instagram account is not responsible for the threat, and he has been ruled out as a suspect in the incident. The subject was not in possession of the phone which was utilized to post the threat at the time it was posted, and it is currently unaccounted for. The post was made without the subject’s knowledge or his authorization. The identity of the suspect responsible for posting the threat is unknown at this time.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Troop 2 Youth Aid Division by calling 302-365-8397.

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