Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bridgewater, NJ High School declared safe after bomb threat of 11 Dec 09

In a post titled Bridgewater school declared safe after bomb scare arrests , Tanya Drobness of The Newark Star-Ledger reported on Dec. 13:

Three days after Bridgewater-Raritan High School was closed because of a bomb scare and two Bridgewater teens were arrested after a stash of bomb-making materials was discovered in one of their homes, the district’s superintendent said it is safe for students to return to campus Monday, Dec 14.

Superintendent Michael Schilder said the police presence would be "significant" on campus Monday to make students, staff and parents feel more secure after a 16-year-old junior at the school was arrested Friday with items officials say he planned to use to build an improvised explosive device and detonate it at his school.

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Principal James Riccabono is expected to address the student body on Monday,according to a statement by district superintendent Michael Schilder. Schilder also praised the student who came forward with information about the threat.

"We are all very proud of this student for doing the right thing and acting in the interests of fellow students and staff," the said.

After the student told a police resource officer that the suspect was planning a "Columbine-like" attack, police and bomb-sniffing dogs scoured the school, which serves 2000 students in grades nine through 12. The teen was arrested Friday after police searched his parents’ home and was charged with attempted murder and possession of explosives, among other charges.

Prosecutor Forrest said the second teen was being charged with possession of destructive devices.

"Based on the evidence we have so far, those are the charges," Forrest said tonight. "But the investigation is ongoing."

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