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Phillipsburg High School social media threat non-credible

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A threat made against Phillipsburg High School on social media Sunday night was deemed non-credible, according to Phillipsburg School Superintendent Gregory Troxell.

​At around 8:00 p.m. Troxel was made aware that a threat against the high school had been posted on a social media site. The Phillipsburg Police Department and Lopatcong Township Police Department were both notified and began to investigate this incident with assistance from the Warren County Prosecutors Office.

“I was just notified that, based on their investigation, law enforcement has determined that this is NOT a credible threat,” Troxell said.

“Obviously, student safety, in every building, is our top priority. This is one of the reasons the Phillipsburg Board of Education made a decision to place a uniformed and armed police officer in every one of our buildings this school year. Threats, such as the one that occurred this evening, or other activity that is strictly designed to deliberately disrupt the educational environment, will be handled swiftly, seriously and, when needed will be cause for criminal charges and/or school discipline. The Phillipsburg School District is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for all students,” Troxell said.

“I want to thank the countless individuals that reached out to me via email, text and/or Facebook to report this matter. This prompt reporting by everyone permitted the school district and local law enforcement agencies to begin to investigate this social media threat within minutes of when it was posted,” Troxell said.

“Also, a special thank you to the various law enforcement agencies that helped investigate this matter this evening. Please know your hard work and efforts this Sunday evening/Monday morning did not go unnoticed,” Troxell said.

The school day will proceed as normal on Monday morning, Troxell said.

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(Photo: Courtesy Phillipsburg School District)

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