A 14-year-old Gloucester Township girl was released to her parents Monday after being charged with making terroristic threats in connection with a so-called death list, which allegedly contained the names of administrators, classmates and family members from Glen Landing Middle School who might be harmed, police said.
Police said the parents of all the children had been notified of the list and of the girl's release. She will next appear in Family Court.
Officials said she had no access to any weapons and that there had been no credible threat.
Police were summoned to the school around 2:10 p.m. Monday after receiving a report from another student that the girl had a threatening note. Police said that when they arrived, they found the girl in the school office with other threatening notes.
Even though the incident was deemed harmless, the area has grown skittish after Columbine-style plots were uncovered in Winslow and Oaklyn Townships in recent years, in which youth were charged with having a role in alleged guns-and-terror plots.
And in October, a 19-year-old Radnor High School student was jailed for 12 days after he admitted writing what his attorney says was a response to racist graffiti on a boys' bathroom wall. In part, what he wrote read, "It's people like you, that make people like me bring guns to school, to hug people like you."
Last fall in the restrooms at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, a 15-year-old boy's hit list - 20 names scrawled on a restroom stall wall - was found. A 14-year-old girl's list - a piece of notebook paper containing 17 names - was found as detectives were interviewing students about the first list. Authorities said both lists were pranks.
Officials vowed that the teens would be fully prosecuted on charges of delinquency, for which punishment can range from probation to two years' imprisonment.
Camden County officials said at the time they have "zero tolerance" for any school threats.