Jersey City school increases security, police presence in light of shooting threat

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Jersey City Public School No. 37, also known as the Rafael de J. Cordero School, has increased their security and police presence today as a precautionary measure in light of a social media threat to “shoot up” the school.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Just got a disturbing call that a 7th grader put on social media that they’re going to shoot up CORDERO PS 37 tomorrow[.] Police are involved I suggest you keep your family home tomorrow,” an Instagram post from last night said.

The original posting in question made by a student appears to have been deleted, but Jersey City Board of Education President Sudhan Thomas said the district has contacted law enforcement and taken some extra steps to ensure students safety.

“I have been in touch with [Superintendent] Walker since early this morning and he confirmed that the administration is in contact with law enforcement. There will be additional police and security at P.S. No. 37 today,” he told HCV.

“The board will evaluate the incident to see if new policies need to be created around the overall security and response to such threats which are unfortunately happening often in schools across America.”