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Increase in Arrests at NJ Schools for Potential Threats

Several districts dealt with police investigations and arrests on Monday as NJ continues to be on edge following the Florida shootings.


“Several school districts dealt with security scares on Monday, leading to at least two arrests, a lockdown and three police investigations. In one district, a student was even reportedly led away in handcuffs after the SWAT team responded to a potential threat in Bergen County.

New Jersey has dealt with a number of threats like these since 17 people were killed in the Florida shooting massacre. Over a two-day period recently, four people were arrested – including a 12-year-old – after several more threats were made at New Jersey schools.

Comments from NJ Criminal Defense Attorney Tim Farrow:

The increased security concern at our schools is certainly more than warranted after the recent tragedy at Parkland, Florida. However, an arrest and issuance of a juvenile complaint carries serious consequences that should not be undertaken lightly. What previously might have been dismissed as a careless comment or joke by teenager now is more likely to be construed as a potential threat and lead to an arrest and charge. Charges such as Terroristic Threats and False Public Alarm carry potentially serious consequences for a juvenile. A juvenile could be detained upon arrest pending trial, and although first-time offenders will likely receive probation and avoid incarceration, long-term consequences such as loss of financial aid are possible. An adjudication for False Public Alarm also carries restitution for as much as $3,000.00

Here is what happened one Monday in late February 2018:


A Dumont High School student was in custody after the school was placed on lockdown Monday, according to reports. reported that the student was taken into custody. Authorities led a student away from the school in handcuffs, NBC4 reported.

A student posted on Twitter at 1:35 p.m. that the school had been on lockdown for two hours at that point. Students reportedly hid under their desks. The nature of the threat was not immediately clear, according to NBC, nor was it clear if the threat was made from inside the school. Several worried parents were reportedly waiting across the street from the school.


A Union County College student was arrested and charged with bringing fake guns into a classroom on the main campus in Cranford Monday morning, authorities announced.

Eric Jacobs, 20, of Millburn in Essex County, is charged with fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm for an unlawful purpose and creating a hazardous condition, a disorderly persons offense, acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan and Cranford Police Chief Ryan Greco jointly announced.

A college employee spotted “a person who appeared to have a concealed weapon” on campus at about 10 a.m. and notified on-site public safety personnel.”

Read full article at More Security Scares At NJ Schools With Lockdowns, Arrests

About Dash Farrow LLP:

Since founding the firm in 2008, Ben Dash and Tim Farrow have provided expert legal advice to businesses and individuals throughout the region in areas such as real estate, litigation, corporate, criminal defense, and DUI. With experience in a variety of legal issues, including high-profile cases receiving national attention, Ben is often called upon to share his legal knowledge of real estate, corporate transactions, and litigation matters with business, trade and professional groups.

Before devoting his career to criminal defense more than 10 years ago, Tim worked on the other side of the courtroom – first as a law clerk in Camden County Superior Court for a criminal judge, then as an assistant prosecutor in Burlington County. Today, Tim provides criminal defense counsel at all levels, including expungement, driving-related charges, disorderly persons offenses, juvenile crimes and indictable (felony) offenses.

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