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Clifton 5th graders won’t face charges in ‘immature and unrealistic’ bomb threat: police

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CLIFTON, New Jersey – Four New Jersey elementary school students won’t face charges in an alleged bomb threat against a local high school, authorities confirmed Friday.

After talking with the fifth graders, ages 10 and 11, police found out the boys made the “bomb” after an apparent bullying incident involving someone from Clinton High School, according to the Clifton Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigators confiscated the alleged “explosive device” and found out that it was in fact “an empty mini Altoids tin, which contained vegetable oil, salad dressing and cinnamon sticks.”  Not only was the “bomb” neither flammable nor dangerous, none of the students had a lighter or matches.

Calling the threat “immature and unrealistic,” Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes declined to charge the boys.  All four have to take a psychiatric evaluation before they can return to school.  If they fail to do that, they could be charged.