MAPLEWOOD, NJ - A release from Captain Dawn Williams of the Maplewood Police Department states that on Monday, March 7, there was an incident at approx. 7:30 p.m. with a "large group of disorderly juveniles" on a New Jersey Transit train.
Maplewood police responded and were told by New Jersey Transit employees upon arrival that "there was a large group of high school aged males and females on the train," which was en route to the Broad Street Newark train stop, who were reported to be "throwing bottles, using excessive foul language, and engaging in an exchange of words with individuals from rival schools."
The Morristown train station was a sea of red, white and blue as a large number of Morristown High School students waited for the train to arrive and bring them to The Prudential Center. The train became "roudy and loud" as students from Randolph and Morristown traveled together to the game. The two high schools faced off against each other in the NJSIAA hockey finals at the Prudential Center on Monday night.
Police officers from Maplewood and South Orange boarded the train with New Jersey Transit officials and, according to the release from Captain Williams. were able to resolve the situation and the train continued on its scheduled route with New Jersey Transit officers on-board.
The group of juveniles complied with "instructions given by officers and order was restored" with the exception of one adult male from Morristown, was arrested and charged with improper behavior.