Authorities confirmed Sunday that two juveniles have been charged after a threat was made to a private school in Nutley.
According to police, school officials from the Abundant Life School became aware of an alleged threat and immediately notified Nutley Police who ensued an investigation into the threat.
Police said two juveniles - a former and a current student of the school - were quickly identified and were cooperated with police during the investigation.
According to authorities, the threat - which was made approximately 3 weeks ago - was uncovered after a proactive school official initiated a discussion with children about the Florida school shooting.
School officials confirmed that the school was closed Friday as a precaution and to give police time to investigate.
Police along with the Essex County Prosecutors office charged both juveniles with 3rd degree False Public Alarm and ultimately released the juveniles to their parents.
The school reopened today and police increased patrols in all public schools as a proactive measure and not as a result of any further threats, police added.
Commissioner Alphonse Petracco and Chief Thomas Strumolo again warn all students and the public that all threats will be taken seriously and if a crime occurred you will be charged accordingly.
“We will not tolerate anyone making threats to any of our schools. The protection of our school children is our number one priority and we will use all available resources to ensure they are safe.”
Authorities further thanked the school officials for their efforts in identifying the threat,the Nutley Detectives that quickly made an arrest and the parents and community members for continuing to be patient and allow us to properly investigate these complaints.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.