Jessica OrbonFeb 27, 2018, 7:42 pmFeb 28, 2018, 3:22 pm

Essex County Prosecutor addresses threats made against local schools

2 threats have been made to schools in Nutley, and another threat was made to a school in West Caldwell

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NEWARK — It has been nearly two weeks since 17 people were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In that time, close to a dozen threats of a similar tragedy have been made against schools across New Jersey.

In response, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino held a news conference on Tuesday to discuss three threats that happened in the county over the last few weeks. All of the people responsible for the threats, made on social media, have been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree false public alarm.

"These are not juvenile pranks," Laurino said. "These are crimes that are punishable by up to five years imprisonment for an adult. Juveniles are subject to time in juvenile correctional facilities. Under the statute, juveniles are also subject to suspension of their motor vehicle licenses. Additionally, school officials are likely to either suspend or expel these violators, and those who may have been planning to attend college may have their dreams dashed as a result of this."

Essex County officials urge anyone who has information on a potential threat to contact police.

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