FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - A 14-year-old male student has been taken into custody and charged with making terroristic threats against Franklin High School, according to police.
He was removed from school after making threats on social media, according to an alert from the school district sent to parents at approximately 9:57 a.m. this morning.
"Working with the Franklin Township Police Department we were able to determine in a short time that our schools were in no imminent danger," Dr. John Ravally said in the message sent to parents... "I want to reassure everyone that we as a district continue to make safety a priority."
Schools throughout the nation are all on high alert, due to the recent event that occurred in Parkland, Florida on Tuesday. According to published reports police in neighboring South Brunswick have stepped up their presence in schools, and will continue do so in the coming weeks.
TAPinto Nutley reported a district-wide closure which occurred today due to a threat received by the district last night.
"We are fortunate to have a strong relationship with the Franklin Township Police Department and by working closely with them, we as a district are able to put measures in place to best secure our schools," Ravally said. "If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the Director of School Management, Mr. Wilson or me directly.”
The student was released to his parents, according to police. Making terroristic threats is a third-degree crime. The school targeted with the threat has also not been identified.
A screenshot of another possible online threat against the school was sent to TAPinto Franklin Township, by a school parent.
The Instagram post warns students not to attend Franklin High School on Feb. 24, because a student publicly announced he will shoot the school up. The post also names the student who made the claim.
The screenshot was also sent to school officials.
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