Davis: 13-year-old Bayonne boy arrested for ‘copycat’ threat against schools

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A 13-year-old Bayonne boy has been charged with making “copycat” threat against the public school district, Mayor Jimmy Davis announced. 

Bayonne High School photo via Flickr.
Bayonne High School photo via Flickr.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Bayonne Detectives, along with HCPO and State Police arrested a 13-year old Bayonne resident for False Public Alarms and Terroristic Threats, for a Twitter posting this morning associated with the earlier threats made against local schools. This is being viewed as a copy cat incident done to create fear in the school community,” Davis wrote on Facebook late last night.

“Along with the arrest, detectives also seized various evidence related to this incident.
BPD continues their investigation into the earlier threatening postings.”

As Hudson County View first reported yesterday morning, two new Twitter threats were directed at the Bayonne Board of Education after an initial social media post caused schools to close on Monday.

At a press conference, Davis said that the FBI, New Jersey State Police and Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office were aiding with identifying the suspect.

As a result of the first threat, which was also made on Twitter by a user whose account has since been deleted, officers from the Bayonne Police Department and Hudson County Sheriff’s Office had a presence at each school in the Peninsula City yesterday.

The mayor and other city officials have yet to give any updates on the initial incident, but Davis said he would be posting updates regularly on social media as they become available.

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