On Wednesday (January 4th), schools in approximately five cities in the U.S. state of New Jersey were placed on lockdown after faculty members received threats over the phone.
According to NJ Advance Media, a statewide online news source, public school officials in several New Jersey cities, including Cherry Hill, Jackson, Lacey, Rumson and Marlboro conducted mass evacuations as a precautionary measure. MaryAnn Spoto, a reporter for NJ Advance Media wrote the following in an article published on the web by her agency on Wednesday, which gave a full report on the situation that unfolded:
“Paul Loriquet, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said his agency is aware of the calls in Monmouth, Ocean and Camden counties, which were being investigated by the respective local and county police agencies. He wouldn’t say whether these were classified as swatting incidents – where fake calls of violence are called in to police – but said all the schools were deemed safe after sweeps were conducted.” (NJ.com)
There were variations in the attack styles described in these threatening calls. Some calls came from depraved people who claimed to have laid bombs. In other calls, mass shootings were threatened in these unsubstantiated attacks.
Thankfully, no one was hurt after all of the school lockdowns were conducted yesterday. State and local law enforcement agencies worked closely with school officials to ensure the lives of students and faculty were protected. NJ Advance Media also reported that Wednesday evening school events at a number of New Jersey schools were cancelled in the wake of the threats of violence and subsequent lockdowns.
Incidents like what happened in New Jersey yesterday and more tragic incidents like the one that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2014 are definite motivators for parents to use adopt homeschooling as a means to educate their children instead of relying on private or public education sources. The risks of school violence in today’s America certainly remains high.