Charles WatsonMar 1, 2018, 6:54 pm

Suspect accused of making threats against West Caldwell school appears in court

Michael Schmitt, 18, is one of a reported 16 individuals who have been charged with allegedly making threats against schools in New Jersey

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NEWARK — Michael Schmitt, 18, the suspect accused of making threats against James Caldwell High School appeared in court on Thursday.

Prosecutors allege that Schmitt created a false public alarm when he made threats against the school via several of his social media accounts while a music festival was going on at the school.

"There was, Saturday the 24th, a tweet and some Snapchat posts were made to a public feed by this defendant, and in those posts he was posing with a handgun and sending some troubling messages to other girls who were currently at this music festival," said Joseph Giordana, of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors also allege that Schmitt posted a rap song he created on his Soundcloud account which contained profanity and alleged threats against at least 4 female students.

Schmitt is one of a reported 16 individuals who have been charged with allegedly making threats against schools throughout New Jersey in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.

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