Hours after a deadly rampage in Jersey City, authorities in neighboring Bayonne said Tuesday they were investigating an online threat against the town’s high school that referenced the attacks, which killed a police officer and three other people.
“This evening some individual(s) have posted on social media that the same type of crime will occur in Bayonne High School tomorrow 12/11/19,” Schools Superintendent John J. Nieszsaid in a letter to parents.
Niesz did not disclose more details about the threat, but reassured parents that security was in place at the school.
“While I cannot inform you of what is happening in the police investigation or if they caught all or any of the individuals who posted the message – I do know the following: We will have security present as always and your children will be safe tomorrow,” Niesz said. “I am a retired police sergeant and I take this threat personally for all of our students, parents, guardians, faculty and staff.”
The retired officer and now schools chief vowed to personally expel any students responsible for the threat, which referred to shootings in Jersey City that killed a city police detective and five others - three citizens and two suspects.
“As Superintendent I am disgusted to send this message to our community. In light of our heroes in law enforcement putting their lives on the line to keep us safe, I am appalled at the audacity that an individual would make such a threat to the Bayonne School District,” Niesz said.
“This type of threatening behavior is absolutely deplorable and will not be tolerated. As always, the safety and security of our school district community is of the utmost priority,” he added.
Police from around the area, including Bayonne, were among agencies that rushed to help in Jersey City as officers came under fire from two gunmen at a kosher market.
Officials in Jersey City have not disclosed a motive for the attack there, but Mayor Steve Fulop said late Tuesday it appeared to be targeted.