WESTFIELD, NJ — UPDATE: The source of the bomb threat that forced the re-routing of school buses to three Union County Educational Services schools Wednesday was a notebook with a flip book-style cartoon, Westfield police said. The book, found in an office by a nurse, reportedly depicts a bomb going off with the word “boom” written on the last page. Dogs from the Union County K-9 Unit sniffed for explosives throughout the 1571 Lamberts Mill Road complex and found nothing, police said.
ORIGINAL STORY: A bomb scare at a Union County Educational Services complex forced the re-routing of school buses Wednesday, according to an email alert sent to parents.
The Westfield Police Department was called at approximately 8:15 a.m. Wednesday to assess a bomb threat at the UCES’ 1571 Lamberts Mill Road complex, where Westlake School, Lamberts Mill Academy and Hillcrest Academy South are located, according to an alert.
Parents were told that students heading to school via bus were re-routed directly to St. Helen's Church where they remained until 9:20 a.m., when Westfield police determined that it was safe to enter the schools.
Westlake School specializes in serving classified students from ages 7 to 21 who have multiple disabilities including cognitive impairments, physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, visual impairments, hearing impairments, learning disabilities, communication impairments, other heath impairments and traumatic brain injuries.
Lamberts Mill Academy is an educational program designed for students who require a comprehensive psycho-therapeutic approach in an educational setting. The program offers intensive clinical and psychiatric services as well as a wide range of educational programs aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (NJCCCS).
Hillcrest Academy is a school that is designed to assist students in becoming academically successful in a non-traditional high school.