CRANFORD, N.J. — A student at Union County College was arrested Monday for allegedly bringing fakes weapons to class.
Eric Jacobs, 20, of Millburn, New Jersey, was charged with fourth-degree possession of an imitation firearm and for creating a hazardous condition, a disorderly persons offense, after he allegedly brought two fake handguns and a phony rifle to school.
A college employee spotted the student and reported him to public safety officers, who contacted Cranford police. Officers pulled Jacobs out of class without incident at about 10 a.m.
“It's the best possible outcome that could have happened in an incident like this,” said Dr. Jaime Segal, director of Union County College Relations.
The school did not go on lockdown and classes resumed, but some students said they wished they were alerted right away.
"I’m sad how not one student didn't get any type of messaging or alert what had happened,” student Quincy Anderson said. "Cause thank god this thing was caught, this person was apprehended, because who knows what his intention was.”
The college posted about the incident on social media.
"Thank you to Cranford PD, our public safety officers and the college employee for their quick response. Remember: If you see something, say something!" they said in a Facebook post.
Jacobs remains in custody and his intentions remain under investigation. If he’s convicted for bringing fake guns to school, he could face up to 18 months in a state prison.
Union County College says it is New Jersey's first community college. It serves about 12,000 credit and 10,000 non-credit students at three campuses in the area.