SCOTCH PLAIN/FANWOOD, NJ -- Students and parents alike expressed concerns about going to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School today because of a social media rumor that centered on a young man who posted a picture of himself in black face in front of a Confederate flag.

Scotch Plains police investigated the incident, and this morning the school system received a letter from Dr. Joan Mast, superintendent of schools, to inform everyone that it is indeed safe to send students to SPFHS this morning.

Dr. Mast and several Scotch Plains police officers met students at the front entrance as they entered the building this morning. 

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"We take safety seriously, and are currently still investigating the incident," said Scotch Plains Police Chief Ted Conley in a phone interview with TAPintoSPF. 

November 11, 2019

Good morning,

An alleged threat to SPFHS was discussed on social media. The Scotch Plains Police Dept. determined that there is no credible threat to the safety of our students and staff.

The safety of our students and staff are our first priority.

Schools are safely in session Monday, November 11, 2019.


Dr. Joan V. Mast

Superintendent of Schools

TAPintoSPF will continue to monitor the story.