NEW JERSEY – Classes halted Friday in nine Bergen County districts after schools received hoax bomb threats – the latest in an apparent pattern of scares this year.
The Bergen County Sheriff’s Dept. cleared Teaneck, Waldwick, Cliffside Park, Englewood, Fort Lee, Hackensack, Mahwah, Oradell and Paramus schools by early Friday afternoon.
A shelter in place order was in effect for about 45 minutes at Teaneck High School.
Hackensack High School evacuated students to other area schools so bomb-sniffing dogs could rule out any explosive devices. The were allowed to return after the officials confirmed the hoax.
It’s just the latest round of bomb threats in New Jersey. In January and February multiple schools in Bergen County received bomb threats, which were later determined to be hoaxes.
Sources at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office told PIX11 they are looking into a possible pattern linking the threats.
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