ROXBURY, NJ – Police were called to Roxbury High School on Tuesday to investigate rumors about a threat, but found no cause for concern, officials said.
Parents were notified about the incident in a 3:47 p.m. alert named “RHS possible Threat” that came from Roxbury Schools Superintendent Patrick Tierney and was classified as “High Importance.”
In the alert, the superintendent acknowledged that some parents likely “already heard about the rumor today” at the high school.
“We received a report of a possible threat against students and staff at Roxbury High School,” said Tierney’s message. “The Roxbury Police were notified and conducted an investiagtion (sic). They have determined that there is no specific threat at this point.”
Interviewed shortly afterward, Roxbury Police Detective Sgt. Dean Adone said several officers and detectives went to the school to investigate the matter after being notified by the school administration. It turned out that there was “no cause for alarm and no threat,” Adone said.
He said police were called after a someone at the school overheard students talking amongst themselves about comments made by a former Roxbury student. “I can tell you he is not a student anymore,” Adone said. “They (the school administrators) were just trying to look out for the kids.”
In his message, Tierney echoed that sentiment. “As always the safety and security of our students and staff is of the up most concern,” he said. “If any new emerges, I will communicate those details as well. Thank you in advance for your patience and have a good day.”