Emily GirschFeb 20, 2018, 2:54 pmFeb 21, 2018, 3:40 pm

Mahwah mayor wants armed officers outside township schools after shooting threat

Outrage sparks after Ramapo Middle School officials failed to promptly inform parents


Mahwah — The mayor of Mahwah, Bill Laforet, wants armed officers outside all township schools after a threat was made by a student, saying he was going to shoot up the school.

Many parents are upset that they didn't know about it sooner. Ramapo Middle School officials sent parents an email two days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, sparking outrage from parents who say they should have known about the threat when it was made.

"While maybe at the time it wasn't determined to be credible, that is not something that you even hide," said parent Melissa Latorre.

Mayor Laforet released a statement on Feb. 16 stating, “I am greatly troubled that neither the township council or myself were ever apprised of the threat made by an eighth-grade student several months ago concerning a township school facility."

In his statement, the mayor also asked that the chief of police notify him immediately when there is a threat made to any of the schools.

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