A teenager has been arrested and is facing charges for a bomb threat against Bayonne High School, according to Captain Eric Amato of the Bayonne Police Department.
A 15-year-old male juvenile from Bayonne was taken into custody after being identified as the individual responsible for a threatening email sent to several Bayonne High School staff members on May 22 at 5:55 p.m., police said. The threat involved the use of a bomb to be carried out on Tuesday, May 24.
The Bayonne Police Detective Bureau immediately began an investigation. With the assistance of Bayonne High School staff and security personnel, were able to positively identify a teenage boy, only named as Juvenile 1, as the actor.
Police said the teen had used another student’s email address to send the threat. He was subsequently taken into custody from his residence and charged with Terroristic Threats and Hindering Apprehension.
Threat intercepted by police and BHS staff
The investigation also determined that Juvenile 1 had no intention to actually carry out the threat, according to authorities.
Superintendent of Schools John Niesz confirmed the incident in a letter to the community: “On Sunday, May 22, 2022, our school security team, computer technical department and the Bayonne Police Department identified a juvenile on Sunday for sending a bomb threat via email. The Bayonne Police Department arrested the juvenile.”
Niesz thanked the police for their speedy work as well as technical staff who intercepted the message: “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. 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.”
Unrelated incident fake gun incident
Meanwhile, on May 19, in a separate incident at Bayonne High School, a teen tried to enter the school with a replica toy gun, according to Niesz.
The school security team at one of the entrances at the high school stopped and detained a high school student trying to enter with a “look-a-like toy gun” slash “water pistol.”
“Our security, faculty and administration do a great job keeping our students safe,” Niesz said.
He continued: “Please do not let any of your children come to school with any weapons – even if they are toys. Unfortunately, based upon how manufacturers model some of these toys/replicas they could be confused as a real weapon. As a reminder to our students, parents, guardians, caregivers, faculty and staff there is no place for weapons or look-a-like toy weapons in our schools.”
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