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Nutley NJ schools close Friday over security threat



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The Nutley School District announced shortly before midnight Thursday that all schools will be closed Friday due to “a security threat,” which may have come over social media. 

The district announcement offered few details, but police are investigating, according to Nutley Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer.

“Tonight, the district administration became aware of a security threat,” said Glazer in a statement on the district website. “The police are actively investigating. As it gets later in the evening, we have decided to err on the side of safety and close schools tomorrow, February 16, 2018.”

The Nutley Police Department, shortly after midnight, posted a statement on its Facebook page that it was investigating an Instagram video.

“We have spoken to the individual that posted the video and Detectives are in the process of speaking with all individuals from the video to a ascertain further information,” stated the Nutley Police on Facebook. “Preliminarily there doesn’t appear to be an active threat to any of the schools but we must finish this process.”

A call to the Nutley Police Department seeking more information was not immediately returned.

However, in its Facebook post, the Nutley Police asked “that all parents remain calm and allow us to fully investigate this matter. We will release further updates as soon as we have information available.”

All after-school and evening events at the schools have also been canceled, according to Glazer.

With the district’s winter break coming next week, all schools will reopen for students on Feb. 26, according to the statement. District offices will reopen on Tuesday, after the Presidents Day holiday.

Glazer’s statement said that “because of the nature of the world in which we live, there was no other decision to be made.”

She assured parents that “the safety and security of all our students and staff in the Nutley Public Schools remains our first priority.”

The Nutley Police also emphasized that it is “taking all the precautions to ensure the safety of all school children.”

Staff writer Joshua Jongsma contributed to this article.

Check back Friday for more on this developing story.



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