BAYONNE, N.J. – Bayonne High School was placed on lockdown following a false report of a student with a gun at the school was circulating through Snapchat.
The lockdown was confirmed by TAPinto.net by multiple student tweets about the incident.
Following an investigation, officials determined that the threat was not credible as the Snapchat posts were related to Belan High School (BHS) in New Mexico, according to multiple Facebook posts by the popular group “Bayonne Alerts and What’s Happening Now.”
The Facebook group said the photos circulating throughout the Bayonne High School student body contained "BHS," which is also used by Bayonne High School, members of the Facebook group said.
The Bayonne Police Department and Bayonne Public Schools interim superintendent Dr. Michael Wanko could not be reached for comment as of press time.
According to News-Bulletin.com, a newspaper serving Valencia County, New Mexico since 1910, local police in Los Lunas, New Mexico, where Belan High School is located, identified the student as 16 year old Jonathan Flores, on Thursday night.
This is the latest of several lockdown incidents in New Jersey since 17 students and faculty were killed at a Parkland, Florida high school last Wednesday. Students at Nutley and Matawan High Schools have also been placed on lockdown but threats against those schools were proven to be unfounded.