MORRISTOWN, NJ - On Sunday evening, parents in the Morris School District were notified by email of a recent threat on social media towards a middle school presumed to be Frelinghuysen Middle School (FMS). According to a joint letter from the Superintendent of Schools and the Principal of FMS, a non-specific threat was made on Sunday morning on a social media platform for Monday September 19.
"A person of interest was identified and he acknowledged to the police that he is the author of the post," the letter stated. "The person is a high school student from a neighboring school district in Morris County. The police have thoroughly investigated this matter and they have determined there is not a credible threat against Frelinghuysen Middle School or any other school in the Morris School District. I would like to personally thank the Morris Township Police for handling this so efficiently and professionally".
"We are aware that this event in addition to last week’s security concern may be distressing", the letter continued. "Although this issue is in close proximity to last week’s security concern, the police are highly confident the two incidents are completely separate and there is no evidence whatsoever connecting the two events. Nonetheless, there will be an increased police presence tomorrow to assure the building is safe before students and faculty enter as well as throughout the day".
Students and parents were reminded than any threat toward students, staff or property posted on social medial is a violation of the Board of Education Policy and the District's Code of Conduct. This type of posting would result in "the strictest disciplinary measures".
The letter concluded with the assurance that the Morris Township and Morristown Municipal governing bodies, the Morristown and Morris Township Police Departments and the Morris School District will continue to make sure they are doing everything possible to provide the safest environment for students."