Police in Garfield, Bergenfield, Leonia, Fair Lawn, Englewood, Teaneck, Hackensack, Tenafly and Clifton are reporting bomb threats at local schools.
Some have instituted lockdowns while other have evacuated, police said.
Sgt. Robert Bracken, a spokesman for Clifton police, said the high school received a recorded message sometime during the night, saying a bomb had been placed in one of the schools and that there was going to be a mass shooting. He said it was confirmed that the threats received by Clifton were also received by “numerous school districts in the area.
“At this time, there is no indication of any validity to the threat,” Bracken said. “However, all precautions are being taken in order to ensure safety of the entire school district.”
Garfield has instituted a “shelter in place,” which means that no one is permitted to enter or leave the schools.
“The situation is currently under control,” said Garfield Police Capt. Darren Sucorowski. “Please refrain from coming to the schools as not to hamper the police investigation
Six or seven police cars are at the main entrance to Garfield High School and the police’s mobile command unit is deployed at the high school.
At Hackensack High School, police with two K-9 units entered through a Second Street entrance. The blinds are pulled down in most classrooms, but there are still some students in the school.
At 10:15 a.m., students returned to Tenafly High School after being evacuated to the Tenafly Middle School. Bergenfield High School was evacuated as was Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood.
Teaneck High School was evacuated to the Richard Rodda Community Center and students’ bags were searched at the recreation center. Students from Fair Lawn High School were brought to Memorial Middle School. Leonia High School was locked down but the lockdown has been lifted.