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Franklin Township: Ravally Talks School Safety Initiative During BOE Meeting (UPDATE)

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Superintendent Dr. John Ravally Credits: Malik Lyons
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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - Franklin High School parents were alerted to a fourth incident involving Franklin Township Public schools earlier today. 

The incident involved the Franklin Township Police department coming to FHS to conduct an investigation, according to an email from FTPS Spokesperson, Mary Clark. During the investigation, an increased presence was noticed on the campus, according to Clark. 

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, Director of Communications Capt. Jack Bennett (Ret.) declined to comment on the incident because it is, an "ongoing juvenile investigation."

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In the last week, the Franklin Township School district and the Franklin Township Police department deemed three threats made to schools as not credible. 

The latest incident was investigated by the FTPD last night according to an alert sent to Franklin Middle School (FMS) parents. 

A call was made to the FTPD alerting them to a post made by an FMS student depicting a "disturbing image and language that had been posted to a social media account" according to the alert. The district declined to release further details of the incident. 

Police say the investigation into the incident concluded this morning, and it was determined that the individual involved did not pose a credible threat.

Last Friday a 14-year-old male student at Franklin High School had been taken into custody and charged with making terroristic threats against Franklin High School.

Two FMS students are facing disciplinary actions from the district after posting a "disturbing" video on social media over the weekend. 

During last night's Franklin Township Board of Education meeting Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Ravally addressed the public concerning the School Safety Initiative (SSI). SSI is an agreement made between FTPS and the FTPD. To participate in the program a school and or district would have to arrange a formal agreement with the police department, according to FTPD Lt. Phil Rizzo.

During last night's BOE meeting, Ravally urged the public to attend a community safety symposium scheduled for March 21. More importantly, Ravally discussed details of the district's emergency management plans and what would be done if a threat is considered credible. 

"Please know if ever a dangerous condition is determined to exist that interferes with the safe operation of our schools, we will immediately upon learning of the condition take action to notify parents and guardians," Ravally said during last night's meeting. "This was not the case with the past two scenarios, but I repeat if it ever were the case, immediate notification in those cases would go out."

Students who make threats to themselves or others could face disciplinary actions ranging from detention up to expulsion and possible criminal charges.

The district's Code of Student Conduct manual has a discipline matrix which lists offenses and the levels of disciplinary consequences. Here is the link to that publication, matrix begins on page 73.

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