Superintendent Says Handgun Was Found In Middletown High School Student’s Bag After Altercation


Shortly before noon today, a quick-thinking teacher called down to the office to report an altercation between two students at Middletown High. Staff were able to separate the teens before any blows were thrown, and no one was injured. But, a check of one student’s bag revealed a handgun, according to officials with the Appoquinimink School District.

“I’m grateful to report that the police responded quickly to our 911 call, and the student was taken into custody without incident.”, said Superintendent Matt Burrows.

“But let me emphasize that the real heroes today were our Middletown High School staff. Their vigilance, quick thinking and solid instincts contained the situation before it even began.
Illegal and dangerous behavior is not tolerated in the Appoquinimink School District. Weapons of any kind are not permitted on or near school property.”

Burrows said the young person in question was immediately placed on suspension and escorted away by the police. Following our Code of Conduct, and pending the conclusion of a formal investigation, he will not be allowed further contact with students or staff, and will not be allowed back on school property. Due to the seriousness of the infraction, this student will not be returning to our schools, added Burrows.

The Delaware State Police are conducting a criminal investigation.