7 Ocean County Middle School Students Charged for Threatening to “Shoot up the school”

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STAFFORD TWP-On March 7, 2018, Stafford Township Police arrested 7 male students of the Stafford Township Intermediate School and charged each of them with making Terroristic Threats. The arrests were the result of two separate incidents in which the male students made threats to shoot up the school and stating that they were going to become active shooters.

In one incident, School officials were notified of the comments through an in-district electronic notification system in which students can make reports to school officials of incidents such as harassment, intimidation and bullying circumstances. They received the alert at the time the students were being dismissed for the day. School officials were able to intercept the student named in the report who was alleged to have been making the threats and remove him from his school bus.

Of the seven male juveniles, all are Stafford Township residents. Four students are 11 years of age, and three students are 12 years of age.

The investigating officer is Ptl. Joseph Mrazek, who was assisted by Ptl. Christopher Fritz.

Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane and Stafford Township School Superintendent George Chidiac would like to reiterate to all parents that there is ZERO TOLERANCE for any threat of violence in our schools or anywhere else. All reports will be fully investigated, and all threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.

Stafford Township Police and Stafford Schools continue to take proactive steps to educate students of the consequences of making any type of threat, and encourage all students to “see something, hear something, SAY SOMETHING”. We strongly encourage parents to reinforce this at home and speak with their children regarding this type of behavior.