Man wasn't responsible for Instagram threat to school from his account, police say

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Isabel Hughes - Delaware Online

Delaware State Police have determined that a shooting threat made against Skyline Middle School on Sunday evening was not credible, but they are still searching for the person responsible for it.

The message, which was posted on a man's Instagram story, threatened to "shoot up Skyline tomorrow." As a precaution, Delaware State Police stationed troopers at both Skyline and nearby Heritage Elementary School in Pike Creek on Monday.

While there was no threat made to Heritage, troopers were present because it is close to Skyline.

Delaware State Police were first told of the threat Sunday, when a screenshot of the Instagram story began circulating on Facebook. It was shared by concerned parents and community members.

Troopers, along with officials from the Red Clay Consolidated School District, worked late into the night Sunday and into the "early morning hours" on Monday to determine the threat's credibility. They deemed it not credible, police said late Monday morning.

Investigators were able to make contact with the man whose Instagram account the threat was posted to and determined he was not responsible for the threat, police said. The man didn't have the phone that was used to post the threat.

Police said the phone is "currently unaccounted for," and the post was made "without the subject’s knowledge or his authorization." Investigators are still working to determine who actually posted the threat.

Delaware State Police spokesman Master Cpl. Michael Austin said there were no issues at Skyline Middle School on Monday morning, but that the agency is still "actively" investigating the incident.

Red Clay district spokeswoman Taylor Green thanked the community for being vigilant and added that "student and staff safety is our top priority."

Anyone with additional information about the threat or who knows the person responsible for it is asked to contact Delaware State Police's Troop 2 Youth Aid Division by calling 302-365-8397.


Reporter Natalia Alamdari contributed to this report.

Send story tips or ideas to Isabel Hughes at ihughes@delawareonline.com or 302-324-2785. For all things breaking news, follow her on Twitter at @izzihughes_.


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