Rockaway Twp. center college college students locked-in throughout investigation


ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP — The Snapchat message that prompted college officers to contact police on Tuesday prompted a “lock-in” Wednesday morning. 

Superintendent James McLaughlin alerted college students’ households in regards to the lock-in by way of textual content and electronic mail Wednesday morning. The lock-in was in impact from Eight to 9:20 a.m. 

“In the course of the process college students stayed in no matter classroom they have been in and we suspended motion within the hallways of workers and college students,” McLaughlin stated. “We additionally suspended folks going out and in of the constructing.” 

Rockaway Township Police Division investigates a attainable risk at Copeland Center Faculty on Could 8. (Photograph: Gene Myers/

A lock-in differs from a lock-down because it retains college students out of the way in which of an occasion equivalent to a police investigation, whereas a lock-down protocol is enacted when there’s an instantaneous risk, authorities stated. 

McLaughlin stated it was initiated in reference to Tuesday’s reported risk.

A Snapchat message despatched by a sixth grader that featured the phrases: “The sixth grade is not going to be prepared for this” adopted by three emojis: a stunned face, a squirt gun and a hearth, stated Police Chief Martin McParland.

On Tuesday, McParland stated police interviewed college students and decided there was  “no risk to the college or the people within the college.”  Nevertheless the investigation remained open. The joint investigation is being led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Workplace.

McLaughlin stated authorities have obtained new info since yesterday and  “there doubtless can be” disciplinary motion as soon as the administration “has the entire info.” 

McLaughlin wouldn’t communicate in regards to the Snapchat message, however stated no matter what the message said, “no occasions occurred as we speak.”

Peter DiGennaro, public info officer for the prosecutor’s workplace confirmed the investigation and stated the college “has resumed regular exercise presently.”

McLaughlin stated he anticipated to have extra info on Wednesday afternoon.


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