Bayonne Public Schools to reopen Tuesday following threat to shoot up schools

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BAYONNE, N.J. — Bayonne Public Schools will reopen Tuesday after a Twitter threat prompted officials to shut down all schools on Monday as a precaution, while police continue their investigation into the threat’s source and credibility.

"The initial Twitter message, tweet, was sent from an account that was activated that date and was deactivated by Twitter pretty much right on the heels of our investigation,” Bayonne Police Chief Drew Sisk said.

"As far as the name of the account holder, that more than likely was a made up name. So that avenue is a dead-end at this point."

Police received another report of a threat made via Snapchat early Monday that they are now investigating as well. It remains unclear if the posts are related.

The school closures were announced about 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

Armed police officers began patrolling all schools in the district last week. Additional officers will be provided by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office when schools reopen Tuesday and extra administrators from the district will be at every school.

Parents said they noticed additional security changes, such as the fact that parents can no longer wait inside to pick up their children. All parents now must wait outside or give prior notice and identification to enter a school building.

"If it's security for our kids, they want to protect our kids, I’m good with this,” said Asmie Zaal, a mom of two.

A statement from interim superintendent of Bayonne Public Schools Dr. Michael Wanko read, in part, “Postings like this cause much anguish and concern for parents, students, and staff."

Police promised to prosecute whoever published the threatening post.

Four teenagers from Essex County were recently arrested and charged with false public alarm after allegedly making social media threats to schools in Millburn and West Caldwell.

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