A 16-year-old Gloucester County boy has been sentenced to more than a year of supervision for making online threats to teachers and fellow students at Clearview Regional High School in Harrison Township and for reporting a fake shooting at a nearby restaurant.
The teenager, whose name was withheld because of his age, also was sentenced Tuesday for harassment and for encouraging others to make online threats and racially motivated remarks.
In October, police, firefighters, and medics responded to the Telford Inn Restaurant in Mantua Township after the teenager called 911 to report that a gunman was on a rampage and had shot several people.
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office High-Tech Crimes Unit traced the call to the teenager, who had used Internet telephone technology. Investigators also found evidence that he had threatened Clearview students and teachers on Facebook and had encouraged racial slurs.
The boy pleaded guilty to making false public alarms, conspiracy to commit false public alarms, and complicity to harassment and bias crime.
Superior Court Judge Colleen A. Maier sentenced the boy to 13 months in the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program, through his 18th birthday. He may continue to live at home, provided he adheres to the terms of his supervision.
The teen, who had no juvenile record, may not use a computer without supervision and may not use social-networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace. He must observe a 6 p.m. curfew. Additionally, he must submit to drug testing and psychological evaluations.
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