Gloucester County schools respond to online threats

Law-enforcement officials on Friday were investigating online threats made against several schools in Gloucester County.

It was not immediately clear whether they were connected or made by the same person. Schools in the Philadelphia region have been on heightened alert following the the shooting rampage at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead.

West Deptford police said it was notified about 10 a.m. Friday by West Deptford High School officials that a message had been posted on Snapchat that included threats of “shooting up West Deptford.”

A 15-year-old West Deptford resident who allegedly made the threats was identified, the police said. “The juvenile was taken into custody and will be charged accordingly,” the West Deptford police posted on its Facebook account.

**Juvenile Arrest**At approximately 10:00 am this morning, the West Deptford Police Department was notified by West…

Posted by West Deptford Police Department on Friday, February 23, 2018

Also on Friday, Lynn DiPietropolo, superintendent of Woodbury City Public Schools, reported that threats were made on Snapchat against Woodbury High School by a West Deptford student.

“The Woodbury City Police Department have confirmed there was a Snapchat with the assistance from the West Deptford Police Department,” DiPietropolo wrote. “The student has been identified and the police are handling the situation.”

Deptford Township High School officials reported on Friday that they were made aware late Thursday about a week-old threat against the high school.

Deptford police were notified and quickly identified the “student” who made the threat.

“In all cases such as this, the Deptford Police Department has notified all police agencies, the County Prosecutor’s Office, the County Sheriff, and the FBI,” the school posted on its website. “There will be ongoing investigations with students and other agencies.”

Officials at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology reported Friday that they had been made aware of “a threatening text/snap chat message being disseminated throughout social media.”

This evening we were alerted that there was a threatening message being disseminated throughout social media. Our…

Posted by Gloucester County Institute of Technology (GCIT) on Thursday, February 22, 2018

Superintendent of the Gloucester County Special Services School District Michael C. Dicken and  GCIT Principal James H. Dundee Jr. reported that the threat involved a student and law enforcement “are currently dealing with the individual.”

There was increased security at Gloucester County Institute of Technology on Friday and the school “will continue to have additional police presence in the days to come,” Dicken and Dundee wrote on the school’s website.