The Bayonne Public Schools are closed today after a Twitter user threatened to “shoot up” each facility this morning, Mayor Jimmy Davis announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“BPD hasn’t been able to determine the source of the threat as yet, therefore I have ordered the BBOED to close all public schools today. I will keep residents apprised as information becomes available,” Davis tweeted this morning.
Bayonne Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Wanko informed parents of the threat last night, informing them of the original plan to have police at every school and additional administrators at every building.
“Postings like this cause much anguish and concern for parents, students and staff. Currently, the police and IT departments are investigating the origin of the posting. As information is shared with me regarding the investigations, I will notify everyone,” Wanko said.
The threat in question was tweeted to the Bayonne BOE account by user @IMorenalaz, who wrote:
“WATCH IT, WE WILL SHOOT UP ALL BAYONNE PUBLIC SCHOOLS STARTING WITH HENRY HARRIS TO JOHN M B TO MIDTOWN COMMUNITY SCHOOL TO NICHOLAS ORESKO AND THEN YOU BHS MONDAY MORNING AND 4:20[.]”
As Hudson County View first reported, North Bergen High School has tightened up security today in light of a “vague threat” being written on a bathroom wall.”
High Tech High School is also following suit in being proactive and taking precautions, with an automated phone message noting that extra police and security are on hand and students will not be allowed to leave the school early today.
The High Tech message can be heard here.