Woman arrested after report of a gun at Shortlidge Academy

By Amy Cherry 10:58am, October 31, 2013 - Updated 8:17pm, October 31, 2013
VIDEO: WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.
Wilmington police say the parent of a Shortlidge Academy student has been charged with disorderly conduct after an incident that led to a one hour school lockdown.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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It happened on the 100 block of West 18th Street at Shortlidge Academy in Wilmington at 9:30 Thursday morning.

Wilmington police say the parent of a Shortlidge Academy student has been charged after an incident that led to a one hour school lockdown.

Police say the woman forced her way into the principal's office to complain about bullying to her children and became disorderly. She reportedly became "irate" after a perceived lack of school reaction to the bullying.

School staff mistakenly thought she was armed with a handgun and called police, who later determined she did not have a firearm. No one was hurt.

Dr. Hugh Broomall, deputy superintendent of the Red Clay School District spoke with NBC 10.

"She came in and she was loud, very demonstrative with the school principal, which set an alarm for her, and in this day in age, you can never be too cautious so the principal took the appropriate action and contacted police," says Broomall.

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After taking the woman into custody, they determined she did not have a gun.

Police say the woman didn't make any threats to school staff but she remains at headquarters while she awaits arraignment.





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