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Threat Against Roxbury High School – Two Students Arrested – Police Zero Tolerance

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On April 3, 2018 at approximately 1:43 pm, a threat was reported to the police regarding a Snapchat message that implied acts of violence against the High School.

The Roxbury Township Police Department immediately launched a full investigation and two students (16 and 17) were taken into custody without incident. Both students have been charged with: Terroristic Threats, Causing False Public Alarm and Cyber Harassment. They were then transported and lodged in the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center.

Chief Marc Palanchi stated, “Our officers acted immediately to ensure the students and staff of the High School were safe. Officers will be at the High School tomorrow only for added reassurance and support. The Police Department and the High School Administration will continue to closely monitor any threats made and continue to find the balance between addressing these threats and maintaining a calm environment for our students."

Message from the Chief:

PolicePlease have a conversation with your children, so they understand ramifications if threats are made on our schools and against our students.

This type of behavior has no room in our schools and will be dealt with accordingly.

Our Department will continue to investigative every incident like it is a credible threat, regardless of the intent.

They will be arrested and charged accordingly.

We will also recommend that they are lodged in the Juvenile Detention Center if the charges allow.

Once they are lodged, they will not be allowed out of the facility until a hearing.

We have a zero-tolerance policy and the days of working with parents to rectify misunderstandings or jokes are no longer an option.

Please discuss with them the importance of making good decisions and the severity of saying something even if it's in jest.

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