According to authorities, the bomb threat was written on a bathroom wall at Ann A. Mullen Middle School in Gloucester Township, NJ. The middle school is located at 1400 Sicklerville Road.
School workers saw the bomb threat and immediately contacted local police. A school resource affiliated with Gloucester Township police then decided to evacuate the building.
The weather outside was poor, so students were moved via bus to Timber Creek High School, which is located within two miles of the middle school.
While the children were in transit, police searched the school and investigated the bomb threat. The Camden County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit used bomb-sniffing dogs to look both inside and outside the building.
Police officers did not find any hazardous devices in the school.
If Gloucester Township law enforcement eventually determines the identity of the person who wrote the bomb threat on the school wall, that person could be subject to significant criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, anyone who threatens to commit a crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize or to cause evacuation of a building can be charged with terroristic threats. Under NJ law, terroristic threats is usually classified as a third degree crime and carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Bomb Threat on Bathroom Wall Spurs Investigation at N.J. Middle School.”