SCOTCH PLAIN/FANWOOD, NJ — Students and parents alike expressed concerns about going to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Monday 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 Monday morning the school system received a letter from Dr. Joan Mast, superintendent of schools, to inform everyone that it was safe to send students to SPFHS that morning:

November 11, 2019

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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

Dr. Mast and several Scotch Plains police officers met students at the front entrance as they entered the high school Monday morning. 

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