GARFIELD, N.J. – A 12-year-old Garfield boy must go before a family court judge after police said he threatened a school shooting on social media and then said it was just a joke.
School officials notified police Friday morning about a “threatening post [that] indicated a Garfield school shooting was going to occur on Monday and then indicated that the post is a joke,” Capt. Darren Sucorowski said.
School officials and police took it seriously: Detectives issued a delinquency complaint against the middle schooler for offenses which, if committed by an adult, would equal causing a false public alarm, making terroristic threats and cyber harassment, Sucorowski said.
School officials suspended the boy, who, because of his age, will have a closed-door hearing in the Family Division of Superior Court in Hackensack, the captain said.
Garfield police and school security officers joined a Bergen County Sheriff's K-9 in a search of the middle school, he said, adding that nothing suspicious was found.
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