The Appoquinimink School District will review its safety measures and increase security at entry points for events.
The changes follow a gun being found Monday night in a hallway when Appoquinimink High School was hosting a basketball game against Tri-State Christian Academy.
“The adults and the students handled that situation very well, thanks to the training that they’ve been given,” Superintendent Matt Burrows told the district board on Tuesday.
Details of Appo incident
With about four minutes left in the game, a disturbance near the bathrooms prompted an administrator and two State Police officers on extra duty to go into the hallway.
“We did have video in the area, so we were able to quickly identify who the alleged assailant was at that time and were also able to identify that, during the melee, a gun did fall out of the pocket of the individual and landed on the floor,” he said.
The gun then appeared to be kicked, and it went off, with the bullet striking a wall.
No one was hurt.
Delaware State Police Detective Brian Timmons is leading the investigation.
“Thus unfortunately is not just something that impacts our school district,” Burrows said. “It impacts our community, where we have seen increased violence and gun violence. … We’re going to do everything that we can do.”
Last month, a 16-year old male was charged in connection to a fired gun in Colonial’s William Penn High School.
Last week, unloaded guns were discovered in the backpacks of an 8-year-old and a 14-year-old at Shortlidge Elementary School and A.I. du Pont Middle School, respectively, on the same day in the Red Clay Consolidated School District.
In September, 2022, Appoquinimink School District and Howard High School changed their football admissions policies in response to a shooting that took place right off of Appoquinimink High’s campus during a game, and crowds storming the exits and hopping fences at a Howard game.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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