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Nutley Police Make Arrest in School Threat


The Nutley Police Department in conjunction with the Essex County Prosecutors office has been investigating the posting of an alarming video to Instagram.

Police said that after fully investigating the incident they charged 18-year-old Joseph Rafanello, a Nutley High School student, with 3rd degree False Public Alarm for his part in posting the video to the social media site.

According to officials, Rafanello was remanded to the Essex County Jail.

Police said that at this point the investigation has not uncovered any further active security threats to any of the public schools and they will continue to work with the school district to ensure the safety of our schools.

Authorities will be increasing patrols around all our schools when school begins on Monday as a proactive measure and not related to any further threats.

The public is reminded that these are accusations.

The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.