Follow Us On

Arrest Made In Smyrna Bomb Threat

Smyrna Police investigators say they have arrested two Smyrna High School students for the recent bomb threats made to the school.

Smyrna Police said that on Monday 10/3/16 in the morning hours, investigators were alerted to an Instagram account that was making threats of clowns committing violence against Smyrna High School students.

This social media account was immediately shut down and the school was placed into a lock down, according to authorities.  Officials said that while investigators worked to determine the source of the threats, an employee of the high school received an email stating that there were bombs inside of the school and also inside of vehicles in the parking lot.

It was at this point that school was evacuated and explosive detection K-9 teams swept and cleared the building. Investigators worked tirelessly to track down the source of these threats over the last 2 days, police said.

Utilizing computer forensic investigative skills, detectives were able to link a 15-year-old Smyrna boy and a 14-year-old Clayton girl to both the Instagram threats, and the emailed bomb threat, according to authorities.

Detectives said that they executed multiple electronic search warrants and were able to seize evidence that allegedly links the pair to this incident.

Both have been arrested and charged with Felony Terroristic Threatening, and Conspiracy 2nd degree. The 15-year-old boy was arraigned in person at JP #7 where he was committed to People’s Place in lieu of $5,000 secured bond.

The 14 year old girl was arraigned in person at JP #7 where she was released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

Both defendants have been court ordered to have no contact with the Smyrna School District. It has been determined that the threats made by the pair were entirely made up and fictional, according to police.

About Staff Writer

First State Update's Delaware editorial team covers New Castle County, Kent County and Sussex County breaking news, political news, and general news stories. We bring the reader the latest news from the Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Rehoboth Beach and all point in between. If you have news to share, email us at

View all posts by Staff Writer →