RARITAN TWP., NJ – A Hunterdon Central High School student has been arrested on charges related to the bomb threat that caused the school to be evacuated on Tuesday.
The student has been charged with false public alarm and making terroristic threats, both third-degree crimes, according to a press release issued by Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns, III, his Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and Raritan Township Police Chief Glenn Tabasko.
The student also faces a criminal mischief charge, a fourth-degree offense, the release states.
The statement did not identify the name, age or sex of the student.
Police evacuated the school at 8 a.m. Tuesday “for the safety and security of the students after receiving a bomb threat,” the release added. Members of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, Raritan Township police and State Police responded to the scene and assisted with the investigation.
“Penalties for these offenses, besides possible detention, community service, and probation, could also include financial restitution for the cost of the police and emergency response to the threats,” Kearns reported in the statement. “Parents are financially responsible for the all these costs and the court could order restitution.”
Kearns said he and Raritan Township police “do not take any bomb threat or any other kind of threat at a school lightly.
“These incidents disrupt the educational process and are dangerous for the rest of the community,” Kearns added. “ They will be aggressively investigated and those responsible will be prosecuted.”