This past Friday afternoon, February 16, 2018, the district became aware of a threat made by a student in our school system regarding the safety of our students, staff and members of our community. Once advised, the district immediately notified the local police department and the County prosecutor's office who, within the hour, began a swift and thorough investigation that included a search of the student's home, a confiscation and sweep of the student's phone and computer as well as extensive interviews with the involved parties. It is relevant to note that the threat was made 10 months ago but was only first reported this past Friday. It is additionally relevant to note that school was not in session for students both this past Friday and yesterday, Monday, February 19.
In addition, the school requested and received consent to conduct a psychiatric examination of the student to determine from a qualified professional whether the student poses a threat to himself or to others. The examination was conducted and the student was “deemed not a threat” and released. At this point, regarding this particular incident, there is no imminent danger to any child in the Hazlet school system. We were not at liberty to share anything sooner given that the investigation was ongoing.
This is the process we have all been trained to follow and each entity has undertaken those responsibilities with the goal to take all steps necessary to protect our school community in the short and long term. The information was provided and the necessary steps were taken.
We are pleased to advise that although the threat was made many months ago, and most importantly, the authorities believe the threat was not and is not credible, the process was followed. And the process worked. The safety and well-being of every student in Hazlet remains our absolute priority.
The Hazlet School District