North Bergen officials took precautions for false gun threat at high school


North Bergen officials took precautionary measures this week after an unsubstantiated gun threat was written in a high school bathroom, an official confirmed.  North Bergen High School

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“On Friday school officials became aware of a piece of anonymous graffiti written in a bathroom at North Bergen High School that claimed there would be a shooting at the school on December 20th,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter said in a statement.

“The district immediately notified the North Bergen Police Department and began an investigation into the threat, which was found extremely unlikely to be credible. The district notified parents of the situation via a recorded call and instituted enhanced student security measures and a heightened police presence at school on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th, as well as at extracurricular activities.”

Hudson County View obtained a copy of the message being left with district parents in light of the threat.

“Good evening, this is Mr. [Paschal] Tennaro from North Bergen High School calling. I have to inform you that North Bergen High School of a shooting here, tomorrow, on the 20th. This threat was found late Friday, written on a bathroom wall,” Tennaro, the NBHS principal, said in the message.

“While we do not think this is a credible statement, in the interest of safety, we need to share this information with you. Our police department and security are doing an excellent job handling the situation.”

Tennaro concludes by saying that no book bags or backpacks would be allowed in school on Tuesday as part of extra security measures that would be undertaken.

As Solter noted, both Monday and Tuesday passed without any incident, commending the students, faculty, staff and North Bergen police “for their admirable response to this tense situation and their resolve in the face of potential danger, no matter how remote.”

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