15-Year-Old Arrested In Connection With RPHS Lockdown

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Published: November 20, 2014 @ 3:45 PM EDT

A 15-year-old male attending the 9th grade of Roselle Park High School (RPHS) was arrested by Roselle Park Police. The arrest was a result of an investigation by the Roselle Park Police Department (RPPD) following the precautionary lockdown at the Roselle Park High School (RPHS) on Monday morning.

The lockdown was as in response to a post distributed through social media of a possible weapon inside of the school. The Roselle Park Police with the Assistance of the Union County Sheriff’s Office (K-9 Unit) conducted an investigation to ensure the security and safety of all students and personnel inside of the high school. The investigation within the grounds of the school concluded without incident at that time.

The teenager arrested was charged with the following (3) offenses:

  • Terroristic Threats (a crime of the 3rd degree)
  • Causing A False Public Alarm (a crime of the 3rd degree)
  • Possession Of An Imitation Firearm (a crime of the 4th degree)

The weapon – an imitation firearm – was located at the juvenile’s residence during the follow up investigation. It was not on schools grounds.

“Roselle Park Police are trained to aggressively address all forms of threats within our school system,” stated Police Chief Paul W. Morrison regarding the incident, “The Police Department remains committed to ensuring the safety of all students and staff members in our schools by pursuing any individuals responsible for endangering the wellbeing of students or staff members in our schools.”