On 12/18/12 at approximately 1:50 PM, police were dispatched to the Montclair High School on Chestnut Street on a report of a suspicious incident. Upon arrival, police were met by a security officer who stated that he had received information that another person from a possible rival school had made reference to “blow(ing) up” Montclair High School through a social media outlet. The school was evacuated and police and fire personnel set up a perimeter and staging area to prevent anyone from approaching the area of the school.
The Essex County’s Sheriff’s Office’s Bomb Disposal Unit was contacted and, with police and a K-9 unit, conducted a search of the school and property. The building was deemed safe and cleared shortly before 3:30 PM. No injuries were reported in conjunction with this incident and there is no other information available at this time.
Police are at Montclair High School where students are being evacuated because of a bomb threat referencing the high school. According to Principal James Earle, a tweet that mentioned blowing up the high school was the reason for the evacuation. The tweet came out of discussion regarding rivalry between Bloomfield and Montclair, Earle said. The tweet was brought to the attention of the school by a student and authorities were notified.
3:07 p.m. – Montclair Schools sends this message from the Superintendent:
Montclair High School reported a bomb threat posted on twitter to law enforcement at approximately 2:15 pm. We were asked to evacuate the building. All staff and students exited the building to safe areas and then dismissed shortly thereafter. We are operating our schools with strict safety and emergency management protocols in place. I want to assure you that student safety is our highest priority.
2:30 p.m. – Montclair High School sends this message:
Montclair High School has just announced a Non Fire Emergency Evacuation for both buildings of the high school. The evacuation was ordered by the Montclair Police Department and school officials after a threat against the school was discovered in a twitter message. An active investigation is in progress. Staff and students will remain outside in safe areas until the end of the school day or the all clear signal is given.
Students are now being evacuated at Montclair High School because of the bomb threat, first reported by Breaking News Network:
U/D NJ| Essex| Montclair| *School Bomb Threat*| 100 Chestnut Street [Montclair High School]| Students being evacuated from the school. County units are now O/S|BNN | BNNDESK | #564847
NJ| Essex| Montclair| *School Bomb Threat*| 100 Chestnut Street [Montclair High School]| Bomb threat made against the school. FD requested to stage a block away|BNN | BNNDESK | #564847