SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Police Department spent part of the morning investigating an internet-based bomb threat directed at the Spotswood School District's Memorial Middle School. According to a Nixle advisory released on Monday, February 27 at 10 a.m., all students and staff were evacuated to Spotswood High School. The high school was put in "shelter in place" mode, which means individuals were not permitted to enter or leave the building until further notice. At 10:21 a.m., the Spotswood Police Department issued a second Nixle advisory saying that the Memorial Middle School was deemed safe and that "no viable threat was detected." The department along with canine units from the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office conducted a thorough investigation of the facility before students and staffs were allowed to return to the facility. The Memorial Middle School houses students from grades sixth through eighth.
In April of 2016, 13 schools in Bergen and Passaic Counties in New Jersey were the targets of robo-called bomb threats that forced the evacuation of students and staff. Once the schools were deemed safe by police, the school day was allowed to resume.