STAFFORD, NJ — The Stafford Police Department arrested seven male students who attend the Stafford Township Intermediate School, charging each with making terroristic threats.
The arrests were the result of two separate incidents in which the male students made threats to shoot up the school and stated that they were going to become active shooters, according to police.
In one incident, school officials were notified of the comments through an in-district electronic notification system in which students can make reports to school officials of incidents such as harassment, intimidation and bullying. They received the alert at the time the students were being dismissed for the day. School officials were able to intercept the student named in the report who was alleged to have been making the threats and remove him from his school bus, police said.
Of the seven male juveniles, all are Stafford residents. Four students are 11 years old, and three students are 12 years old.
The investigating officer is Patrolman Joseph Mrazek, who was assisted by Patrolman Christopher Fritz.
Stafford Police Chief Thomas Dellane and Stafford School Superintendent George Chidiac reiterated to all parents that there is "zero tolerance" for any threat of violence in it schools or anywhere else in the township. All reports will be fully investigated, and all threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent, they said.