ROXBURY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – There will be increased police presence in Roxbury Township schools Wednesday after inappropriate comments were posted on social media, according to a post on the school district’s website.
On April 3 at around 1:43 p.m., a threat was reported to the police regarding a Snapchat message that implied acts of violence against the high school, police said.
Police immediately launched a full investigation and two students ages 16 and 17 were taken into custody without incident, police said.
Both students have been charged with terroristic threats, causing false public alarm and cyber harassment. They were then transported and lodged in the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.
Chief Marc Palanchi stated, “Our officers acted immediately to ensure the students and staff of the High School were safe. Officers will be at the High School tomorrow only for added reassurance and support. The Police Department and the High School Administration will continue to closely monitor any threats made and continue to find the balance between addressing these threats and maintaining a calm environment for our students.”
“On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, information was received that required the immediate attention of the Roxbury Police and the cooperation of District Administration. A high school student posted inappropriate comments through social media that created a cause for alarm and prompted the police to investigate. Please be assured that the situation is under control, and the student will not be on school property. The safety of our students and staff remains our first priority. You are being notified because there will be increased police presence in our schools. On behalf of the District, Board of Education, and and Roxbury Police, we would like to thank the individuals who brought this concern to the proper authorities, supporting our belief to say something when you see something. Again, action has been taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff. No additional information will be provided as the situation involves a minor, according to the post on the school district’s website.