Appoquinimink Updates Lockdown Information


The State Police have contacted the School District with a reassuring update. After a thorough review of the situation:–All schools EXCEPT Middletown High will go off lockdown and dismiss at their normal time.

Middletown High will do a “staged” dismissal – bringing buses on campus to load in a staggered fashion in order to allow police to provide tight security. They will begin this process around 2:45 p.m.

Some students will be late today.

This could include some elementary runs who must drop off MHS students first.

ALL afterschool activities for the Middletown High School Campus – including sports, clubs and adult education – have been cancelled.

Activities at our other schools and campuses will continue as normal as the State Police have indicated that there is no threat to other campuses. Voice and email messages with this information have been launched to the addresses on file for our families.

Breaking Report

Middletown – In the last fifteen minutes we have been flooded with reports of a heavy police presence at Middletown High School.

The Appoquinimink ISD has posted the following:

ALERT! 10-4: All Appoquinimink Schools are on lockdown due to a threat
Middletown High School has received a threatening call stating that an individual would attempt to bring a pipe bomb onto the campus. The school went into lockdown immediately and State Police were contacted.

The police are now directing the response which includes a strong police presence in the area around our school. The situation is fluid.

State Police have shared news that they received a call about an individual with a rifle in the community and are investigating.

As a result ALL Appoquinimink Schools are now on lockdown, and will remain on lockdown until the State Police give us an all-clear.

For the safety of all involved, buses and cars will not be allowed to enter or leave during the lockdown. We will contact you when an update is available. Voice and email messages were launched to all our families with this message

Police have not released any information to the media at this time.

We have not heard of any reports of injuries and no medical teams have been dispatched to the scene.


Please do not message us with questions at this time. If you have photos and information please message us.


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