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Hazlet Schools Superintendent: No Danger, No Threat At Raritan High

Superintendent Bragen addresses a rumor about a threat at the district high school.

Hazlet Superintendent Bernard Bragen said Friday morning that a text message by a student threatening to kill others at school has been investigated by school officials and Hazlet Police, and it poses no threat. 

"We've investigated a threat, which involved a text message sent between students, and determined there is no merit to the allegation, no cause for concern," he said around 10 a.m., on the morning the state observed a moment of silence for the Newtown, Ct. school shooting victims. 

On a Threat Assessment Level from one to five, the administration labeled this threat at one, the lowest level, Bragen said. 

The school was never in lockdown, he said. An instant e-alert will be sent to parents at the high school about the issue, he said. 

A reader alerted Patch to the story, because a colleague had gotten a text message from his daughter who had heard the threat and wanted to be picked up from school. 

The school district has a Code of Conduct that addresses disruptions to the education day, and a policy procedure that applies disciplinary action ranging from counseling to expulsion, depending on the severity of the threat. 

Cliff Moore December 21, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Good job by all involved.
Kevin December 23, 2012 at 05:53 PM
There are two factors concerning the disruption at Raritan HS this past Friday: The first is a male student who has been disruptive and threatening since his earliest days in the district's elementary schools. He has been linked to threats by telephone, notes, and most recently works of "art" that target the building, students, and faculty. I'm glad that the threats have been investigated and rated as empty and valueless on a scale of one to five. I have full confidence in both the high school administration and the Hazlet PD. They do a great job. I have no confidence in this disruptive numbskull changing his ways or his mom and dad getting a handle on junior. The soliution to the problem is getting rid of sonny boy- post haste. Let him sue us. If we stand together we can rid the school and town of all unwelcome influences. The second problem is OUR kids using their phones to communicate rumors and nonsense when they should be utilizing all the books, computers, and staffing we pay our hard earned taxes for. The schools can do just so much - remind your kids that use of their phone during class is unnecessary, disrespectful to a teachers's efforts, counterproductive, and distracting to their classmates. Lets use our common sense and lets the chips fall where they may.

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