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Bomb Scares at Roosevelt Middle School and West Orange Jewish Community Center Under Investigation

Roosevelt Middle School

WEST ORANGE, NJ  - This Article Was Updated at 3:30 pm.

At 9:49 am this morning, the West Orange Police Department received a bomb threat for Roosevelt Middle School, located at 36 Gilbert Place, and the Jewish Community Center, (JCC) 760 Northfield Avenue, in West Orange.

All emergency services were dispatched to both locations, including the Essex County Bomb Squad, the K-9 Patrol, the Fire Department, and the Sheriff's Department.  Interim Superintendent Jim O'Neill was apprised of the situation and Principal Lionel Hush and staff executed the Emergency Protocol plan, bringing the students to Gregory Elementary School, where they awaited clearance to return. They were allowed to re-enter the building around 11:15, and with a few modifications to the schedule, returned to their daily activities.

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In a conversation with Alan Feldman, Chief Executive Officer of the JCC, their premises were also evacuated, including staff and approximately 242 children. They executed their emergency protocol plan as well, and brought the children to the Jewish Community House.  The buildings were cleared for re-entry at approximately 11:15 am.  This was the first time that the JCC experienced a bomb threat, and CEO Feldman extended his appreciation and thanks to all responding agencies for their assistance and professional handling of a difficult situation.

Nothing suspect was discovered at either location. The investigation is ongoing.


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