The Central School in Wall Township, New Jersey was the target of a fifth grader that that made threats to approximately 40 students, listed by name that was on the scale of a Columbine type attack. The Interim Superintendent, Stephanie Bilenker sent a letter to the parents of the district’s students explaining the threat and the follow up investigation on September 5, 2013.
Bilenker stated that “at the end of the previous school year, law enforcement was notified of threats that a fifth grade Central School student made toward classmates. At that time, the threats were of a general nature. The Wall Township Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an investigation into the matter. School and law enforcement officials took steps to continue to ensure the safety of students at all Wall Public Schools”.
“The investigation continued and recent discoveries revealed more specific information. The results of computer forensic examination revealed approximately 40 first names of students that appeared on a list. The parents of those students have all been notified. If you were not notified to attend a meeting with police and school officials, your child’s name did not appear on the list”.
The letter went on to state “please be advised and assured that law enforcement and school officials are taking every step necessary to ensure the safety of all of its students as well as addressing the needs of the juvenile suspect. The matter is currently under investigation and juvenile charges are anticipated in the very near future. Legally, the name of the student who made the threats cannot be divulged and given the ongoing nature of the matter, very little additional information can be discussed.
“The Board of Education and the Wall Township Police have already and will be continuing to take additional steps, beyond normal security measures, to ensure the safety of the students involved and every other student in the school system. At this time, the matter is firmly under control by the law enforcement officials and no present threat exists.”
The Wall Patch reported that Wall Township Police Lt. John Brockriede said that “the student was planning an event “similar to a Columbine or Newtown.’’ We believe it was more of a fantasy-type thing he had,’’ Brockriede said. “Not something he was capable of actually carrying out, adding that “There were elements of fantasy in this plan, there were things that he just couldn’t have possibly accomplished.’’