James N. McNeil allegedly pulled a handgun on a 13-year-old student

Harrington police are reporting the arrest of a Delaware Department of Correction officer in relation to a terroristic threatening complaint.

Department spokesman Capt. Earl K. Brode said officers were sent Wednesday, Dec. 5 to the W. T. Chipman Middle School to investigate the matter.

There, a 13-year-old student told police that he and the school’s wrestling coach, identified as James N. McNeil, 36, of Frederica, had gotten into an argument in a school restroom.

During that altercation, McNeil allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the student, and later allegedly shoved him against the wall and tried to choke him.

Harrington officers conducted a joint investigation with the state attorney general’s office, after which warrants for McNeil’s arrest were issued.

McNeil surrendered to Harrington police Thursday, Dec. 20.

He is charged with aggravated menacing, carrying a concealed deadly weapon (firearm) and third-degree assault.

McNeil later was released on an $11,000 unsecured bond.

Travis Moorman, human resources director for the Lake Forest School District, said McNeil was dismissed from his coaching position Dec. 6.

“He is no longer coaching in any capacity for the Lake Forest School District,” Moorman said.

McNeil had been a coach at the Lake Forest High School for several years, but was in his first year at Chipman, he said.

Department of Correction spokeswoman Jamie Young confirmed McNeil has been a DOC employee since 2013.

Currently, he has been suspended from duty without pay pending an investigation into the incident, she said.