A 15-year-old from Bayonne has been charged with making a high school bomb threat to staff members over the weekend, police said.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
The juvenile, 15, of Bayonne, was charged with making terroristic threats and hindering apprehension, according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
The email was sent to several Bayonne High School staff members on yesterday at about 5:55 p.m.. The threat involved the use of a bomb and was said to carried out on Tuesday, May 24th, authorities said.
The Bayonne Police Detective Bureau immediately began an investigation and, with the assistance of Bayonne High School staff and security personnel, were able to positively identify the teenager as the one who had used another student’s email address to send the threat.
He was subsequently taken into custody from his residence and charged accordingly.
Additionally, the investigation also determined that the juvenile had no intention to actually carry out the threat.
Late this afternoon, Superintendent of Schools John Niesz addressed the situation in a letter to the Bayonne community.
“We would like to commend the Bayonne Police Department for their quick response. We would like to further commend our computer technical division for flagging this email and reporting it to our administration, security department and Bayonne Police Department,” he wrote.
“The safety and security of all of our students, faculty, staff and our community remain our number one priority. Our zero tolerance policy of unsafe behavior continues.”
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with a comment from Bayonne Superintendent of Schools John Niesz.