The Jefferson Chronicle reported on February 5 that the Jefferson Township Police Department had determined a potential threat against the high school or middle school to be “non-credible.” A rumor, which was brought to the attention of the police on February 2, was thoroughly investigated in coordination with the school administration. Parents and guardians had been notified of the investigation by email and telephone.

Detective Joseph Kratzel reported by email that on February 15, a 14-year-old Jefferson Township High School male student was charged with disorderly conduct in the case. He had made implied threats against Jefferson Township schools and students.

In addition, on February 16, a 13-year-old Jefferson Township Middle School male student was charged with cyber-harassment and creating a false public alarm. He had made threats via electronic communications against Jefferson Township schools and students.

The threats were immediately investigated by the Jefferson Township police and determined to be non-credible. As stated previously by Detective Kratzel, “we take the safety and security of the students and staff extremely seriously. We will continue to keep you updated about allegations and/or rumors that may come and will thoroughly involve our law enforcement in future investigations.”

Anyone who sees or hears something suspicious should contact the Jefferson Township police department by phone 973-697-1300 or email

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