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.