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Teen Arrested in N.J. School Threat

November 19, 1999

BARNEGAT, N.J. (AP) _ A 13-year-old township boy was arrested Thursday, charged with scribbling a message warning of a shooting spree on the wall of a boys’ restroom that prompted the cancellation of school for a day.

The teen was charged with making a terroristic threat, causing false public alarm and criminal mischief, said Capt. Joseph Manger.

A student at the Russell O. Brackman Middle School found the message on Wednesday. Police wouldn’t say exactly what the message said.

School board members, together with police officials, decided to close all four of the district’s schools as a result.

School was scheduled to reopen Friday. Police promised that a large contingent of officers would be on hand to discourage any copycats.

The teen was taken to the Ocean County Juvenile Detention Center in Toms River to await charges, which will be heard in the county’s juvenile court, Manger said.

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