Authorities: Threats from Ramapo High School baseless, police file delinquency complaints
An alleged threat at a Bergen County high school has proven to be unfounded, authorities said.
Franklin Lakes police said Friday they consulted with the Bergen County District Attorney’s Office and filed misdemeanor charges in connection with the alleged threats against classmates last week at Ramapo High School.
The “multiple charges” against the underage teenager will be heard behind closed doors by a judge in the family portion of Hackensack Superior Court.
There was “no immediate threat to staff or students present” when the alleged threats were made, Franklin Lakes Police Captain Mark McCombs said Friday.
Ramapo Indian Hills Regional School District officials also “took the threats very seriously and acted upon them, using school system resources to immediately remedy the situation by expelling the student and providing the necessary resources to student and his or her family,” the Superintendent of Schools said. . Rui Dionisio wrote in a letter to the community.
Authorities did not discuss the nature of the threat, which allegedly involved a “blacklist” of dozens of classmates at Ramapo High, which serves about 1,270 students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff.
School officials would generally not inform the community in such circumstances, Dionisio noted. However, he said, social media posts necessitated clarification.
This had to be “balanced against what is permitted by privacy and privacy concerns for individual students,” the superintendent stressed.
“As parents, you can help us,” Dionisio added. “Please talk to your child and encourage them to tell a teacher or administrator if there is a situation that could put them or others at risk and the importance of school safety and acceptable behavior.
“While peer pressure is strong at this age, we want to encourage students to feel comfortable reporting any information they may have that compromises their safety and the safety of others. By working together as a tight-knit school community we can maintain an environment where students are free to focus on learning.
“As always, we welcome your feedback and questions. Please contact your building administrator or your child’s grade level if you have any concerns.”
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