A threat made on a social media platform had school and city officials closed all schools in Nutley last night.
According to Nutley school officials, police are actively investigating the threat and have several participants who made the alleged threat detained and are in the process of questioning them.
The district has a total of seven (7) schools that will close today and remain closed until February 26th due to the district's winter break.
The following is an officials statement made by Nutley Public Schools officials:
"Dear Nutley Parents, Staff and Community, tonight, the district administration became aware of a security threat. The police are actively investigating. As it gets later in the evening, we have decided to err on the side of safety and close schools tomorrow, February 16, 2018.
We will use one of our two remaining emergency days and close the Nutley Public School district, for all students, staff, and personnel. All evening events at our schools for Friday, February 16 will be canceled, as well.
Schools will reopen, after winter break, on Monday, February 26 for students and teachers and the district offices will resume on Tuesday, February 20.
As both the Superintendent of the Nutley Public Schools and as a parent, and because of the nature of the world in which we live, there was no other decision to be made. Please rest assured that the safety and security of all our students and staff in the Nutley Public Schools remain our first priority".
Local and county authorities are continuing to investigate.