BARNEGAT – Township police have deemed a Brackman school student’s threat to “shoot the school up” as being resolved.
According to township police, a search warrant was obtained and a search of the juvenile’s home was conducted on the evening of Jan. 23. In addition, K9 officers from the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department, Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant Borough, Brick, Beach Haven, New Jersey Transit, and West Windsor police departments conducted a systematic and thorough search of the Brackman school to ensure that there were no weapons present. None were recovered at either search.
Police stated that the juvenile involved will not be in school and will not return to school until and unless the district believes it is safe.
The department explained that it has two choices when incidents of this type occur and the rumors circulate on social media. The department can choose not to post anything– at which point the rumors will grow exponentially, as will your demand for us to tell the media and public what’s going on, whether there’s any truth to it, and whether children are in danger or put out limited, general information to let you know that we’re aware of an issue and are actively dealing with it– at which point some will inevitably complain that we’re being too vague and assert that you have a right to know details.
Police Chief Germain said, “I am satisfied that this incident is resolved and that there is no threat to the Brackman school or any other district school. Our sincere thanks to the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for their expert guidance and assistance as well as all of the agencies that assisted with both the K9 search and subsequent search warrant execution.”