PATERSON, NJ – Fifteen schools and some neighboring preschool centers are operating under a shelter in place mode after Paterson Public Schools officials were alerted this morning to threats against Eastside High School and the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex.

 Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer released the following information to parents and caregivers this morning:

 Today, district officials were alerted to threats against Eastside High School and the John F. Kennedy Educational Complex. Similar threats against schools in other districts have been reported. Together with our law-enforcement partners, we conducted a thorough and comprehensive threat assessment. Paterson Police, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, and the State Police are investigating the matter.

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As a precaution, both campuses operated under a shelter in place mode, meaning that instruction continued but students and staff could not leave the school building. Many neighboring schools were also in a shelter in place mode. Those schools were the Edward W. Kilpatrick School, the Roberto Clemente School, the New Roberto Clemente School, the Great Falls Academy, PANTHER Academy and Public Schools 5, 6, 11, 14, 15, 16, 19, 24, and 27, as well as neighboring preschool centers.

All Halloween activities scheduled for today in the district were held indoors. All after school activities throughout the district were canceled for the day, with the exception of one athletic practice that was be held indoors.

Transportation to the practice and to the athletes’ homes after practice was being provided by the district. Schools that have extended days operated on their regular schedules.  

In a letter to parents, Shafer added:


Your child’s safety is always our top priority. We will release more information about today’s threats as it becomes available. In the meantime, please know that you are welcome to contact my office with any questions or concerns.