16-Year-Old Student Arrested for Multiple Gun Offenses at New Castle County School

by Pat Haley

The Delaware State Police arrested a 16-year-old student of Wilmington, Delaware, found in possession of a gun this morning at The John Dickinson School in Wilmington.

On January 24, 2024, at approximately 7:45 a.m., the Delaware State Police School Resource Officer at The John Dickinson School located at 1801 Milltown Road, Wilmington, was notified by school staff of a 16-year-old student possibly in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Upon receiving the report, school staff removed the student from the classroom and recovered a loaded magazine from his person. The student was taken into custody without incident after a subsequent search of the student’s backpack led to the discovery of an unloaded handgun. There were no threats stated or implied towards students or staff at the school and the school day proceeded as normal.

The student was taken to Troop 2, where he was charged with the following crimes:

  • Possession of a Firearm in a Safe School Zone (Felony)
  • Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Person Under 18 (Felony)
  • Possession of Ammunition by a Person Under 18 (Felony)
  • Carrying a Concealed Firearm (Felony)

The 16-year-old student was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Court 11 and committed to the Ferris School on a $12,000 cash bond.

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