MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morristown Police and members from the Morris County Bomb Squad rushed over to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Friday afternoon due to an unknown threat. That threat was a handwritten note that was discovered on a hallway wall in the school around 1:15pm.
According to Mackey Pendergrast, Superintendent of the Morris School District, the note indicated that a bomb was in the school counselor's office. A K-9 unit was brought into the school and the school was thoroughly searched and declared safe by police. As per district protocol, students remained in their classrooms during the investigation.
In a note posted to parents, Pendergrast and Thomas Jefferson Principal Christina Frazzano expressed confidence in the safety of the building, citing security cameras in all hallways. Both educators stressed that instruction never stopped and dismissal times and procedures continued as normal.
By 2:15 officers were seen leaving the school. "All students and staff are safe" , wrote Pendergrast.