JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – More information has been released regarding an incident that led to a shelter-in-place at the Jefferson Township High School and middle school.
A release from Jefferson Township Police Department Police Chief Paul Castimore says as the community is aware, an incident was reported to the Jefferson Township Police Department on September 10 that prompted a multi-agency police response to the Jefferson Township High School and middle school complex.
“We realize that many rumors have been circulating throughout the community regarding this incident. This was an active investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies at the Federal, State, County, and Local level. The premature release of the details of the incident and subsequent investigation may have hindered that investigation,” Castimore said.
All local leads have been exhausted and have since been forwarded to their federal counter partner, Castimore said.
According to Castimore, on September 10, at around 8:30 a.m., a phone call was received at the high school. An unidentified male caller communicated to school staff that he was disgruntled with the school administration and would come to the school with a weapon, particularly a firearm.
“It is still unsure if this was a possibly confirmed threat or swatting incident. The investigation will continue if and when new leads are developed,” Castimore said.
“As communicated in previous releases and statements by the police & school administration, the multi-agency response and decision to send students and staff home that morning was made of an abundance of caution. At no time was it felt that any student or staff was in danger based on the initial call to the school. We thank the community for your understanding and cooperation on that day,” Castimore said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.