Teen caught with gun in backpack at Jackson high school football game

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JACKSON, NJ – Jackson police received a report of a teen with a gun at a Jackson Liberty High School Football Game. Police did not say what the teen’s intention or motive was in the incident.

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On Friday, October 8, 2021, Jackson Police Officers who were assigned to the football game at Jackson Liberty High School received information that a teenaged male at the game was reportedly in possession of a firearm.

The officers and school security located the male and took him into custody without incident. A search of the male’s backpack led to the discovery of a .22 caliber handgun and ammunition. The male was transported to police headquarters for further investigation while other officers stayed on scene at the football game until the game was over and spectators cleared the event.

Detectives assisted with the continuing investigation which resulted in the teenaged male being charged with the unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a firearm on school property. He was later transported and lodged in Ocean County Juvenile Intake.


The investigation did not reveal any specific threats made against any persons and as the investigation has continued into today, there have been no threats or additional safety concerns identified in relation to this incident.

Correction: An earlier version of this story reported incorrect facts about the football game and incorrectly identified the school as Jackson Memorial High School. Corrected 10/8/21 23:40