A 13-year-old student was charged with terroristic threats after police were notified of graffiti inside a bathroom at the local middle school.
Piscataway Township Police Department on Mar. 2nd responded to Theodore Schor Middle School after school officials discovered graffiti on a bathroom stall that implied a potential threat to the school community.
Police said that although the graffiti did not directly mention any specific details regarding the threat, an immediate and vigorous investigation was undertaken by Detectives from the Special Victims Unit, General Investigations Section and our School Resource Officers.
As a result, the 13-year-old student, was taken into custody this afternoon and charged with Juvenile Delinquency to include Creating False Public Alarm, Terroristic Threats, Criminal Mischief, and Hindering Apprehension.
Chief of Police Scott L. Cartmell said, "Any direct or indirect threat made, especially within the school community will be vigorously and thoroughly investigated by the Police Department as to the credibility and potential source. We will not hesitate to act". Chief Cartmell added, "I thank the Township School Administration for the continued cooperation with us to ensure the safety of every school, student and staff in our school district.
According to authorities, there will be a continued police presence at the schools during the upcoming days.
All charges are merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.