Detectives were a month into their investigation of racial bias when administrators at the high school showed them “questionable comments” entered during a school Zoom session, Police Chief Dean Ackermann said.
The comment “appeared to target another student over their gender identity,” the chief said Monday.
Using information provided by the teenage victims and the school’s IT department, Detective Sgt. Jim Calaski and Detective Lucas Doney identified the IP addresses.
They secured a court order, obtained the subscriber’s information and took a 17-year-old senior into custody, Ackermann said.
The detectives signed delinquency complaints against the boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, before releasing him to his father’s custody, the chief said.
The boy will answer bias intimidation and harassment charges behind closed doors in the Family Part of Superior Court in Hackensack.
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