Earlier this morning, Delaware State Police arrested a 15-year-old Cape Henlopen High School student in connection with the 17-year-old found with a gun on school property last week.
Officials said through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the 17-year-old student obtained the gun at his residence in Rehoboth Beach after it was given to him by the 15-year-old on January 16, 2024.
Police are alleging that the students conspired to conceal the gun from being discovered by the School Resource Officer and school staff on January 17, 2024, after the 17-year-old was detained. On January 25, 2024, the 15-year-old turned himself into detectives at Troop 4, where he was charged with Possession of a Deadly Weapon by Person Under 18 (Felony), Possession of a Firearm in a Safe School Zone (Felony), and Conspiracy 2nd Degree (Felony).
The teen was arraigned by Family Court and released to a guardian on a $2,500 unsecured bond. He was also issued a no-contact order with the Cape Henlopen School District.
Cape Henlopen High School student found with a gun on campus according to school officials.
School administrators and a School Resource Officer were notified about a student allegedly in possession of a firearm within the school premises.
The Assistant Superintendent of the Cape Henlopen School District, Jenny Nauman, confirmed that a constable, together with the School Resource Officer, conducted a search and located a gun in the student’s backpack. The student was immediately removed from the school and the weapon was secured without incident according to Mauman.
In a communication addressed to the families of Cape Henlopen High School, Nauman assured that there was no threat to student or staff safety at any point. The school day was not interrupted, and all activities, including classes and extracurriculars, proceeded on schedule.
Delaware State Police are investigating