FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - In response to public outcry the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office issued a letter, which has been published to the Franklin Township Public School website.
"I want you to know that Somerset County law enforcement and in particular the Franklin Police Department is well trained in how to handle school safety-related issues and that certain situations call for certain responses," Somerset County Prosecutor, Michael H. Robinson said in his letter dated Feb. 28. "In the incident that occurred last week, law enforcement had specific and reliable information on who had the firearm, where it was located and the reason for why the student possessed the firearm."
Robertson went on to explain in the letter that law enforcement personnel respond: "in a specific way in order to secure the suspect and the firearm and not create a situation."
Robertson indicated school officials acted as directed by the SPCO during an ongoing criminal investigation.
"In this instance, the school administrators did exactly what they were told to do by law enforcement," Robertson said.
Community members are urged to come out to next month's "Community Safety Symposium" which will be held March 21, 7 p.m. at Franklin Middle School.
“The evening will be an opportunity for our community members, whether they are parents, business owners, religious organization members or residents to voice their concerns about safety issues in our Township,” Mayor Phil Kramer said in a release.
In addition to the Mayor, other leaders invited to attend the event include, Franklin Township Public School Superintendent John A. Ravally; school district Director of School Management, Mr. Orvyl Wilson; Franklin Township Chief of Police, Richard A. Grammar; St. Mathias School Principal Ms. Eileen Brett; Rutgers Prep Headmaster Steven Loy; Cedar Hill Prep Principal Donald Seeley, Central Jersey College Prep CEO, Dr. Namik Sercan; Thomas Edison Energysmart School School Leader, Mr. Oguz Yildiz; Franklin Township Board of Education President Nancy LaCorte and other members of the Town Council and Board of Education.
“Having this type of event, which includes the leaders of our schools, as well as members of the larger community, is important. We will be most effective in keeping all of our children and residents safe if we work together,” Chief of Police Richard Grammar said in a release.
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