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Possible threat against Jefferson Township HS prompts shelter-in-place for HS and middle school, officials say

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A possible threat against Jefferson Township High School that was received Friday morning prompted the high school and middle school to be immediately put into a shelter-in-place, according to a post on the school’s website.

At around 8:30 a.m., a call was received at the Jefferson Township High School which generated a response by law enforcement, police said.

The Jefferson Township Police Department, using extreme caution, requested additional supporting resources, including the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, New Jersey State Police, and officers from surrounding towns, police said.

After consultation with the school administration, all students and staff sheltered in place. Once the situation was deemed safe, all students and staff were released, police said.

“At this time, there is no potential threat to the community,” police said.

The school implemented these steps Friday morning:

  • Middle and high school students are being sent home and parents please ensure someone is home when your child arrives to discuss today’s events
  • Elementary students will remain in school and the Jefferson Township police have increased their patrolling near all the other schools in our community to ensure safety.
  • Parents, do not call the school in order to keep the phone lines free.

As of 11:40 a.m., all of the middle and high school students and staff have been safely dismissed.

The incident is still under investigation, and the Jefferson Township Police are working closely with the Jefferson Township Board of Education.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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