N.J. district closes schools over threat on day of student walk-outs

A regional high school and middle school in Gloucester County will be closed on Wednesday after an anonymous threat was made against it on a planned national walk-out day, officials said. 

Administrators from the Clearview Regional School District in the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Township were told by police of a non-specific threat, according to a letter posted on the district’s website. 

The walkouts are part of a national movement on the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting that left 17 people dead in Parkland, Florida. The 17-minute walkout is meant as both a memorial to the lives lost and as a protest to demand safer gun laws.

N.J students participating in national walk-out day

The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department and State Police swept the Harrison Township schools but found no weapons, the letter said. 

The district consists of Clearview Regional High School and Clearview Middle School. The buildings are adjacent to each other.

Meanwhile, students at Hackensack High School in Bergen County will not take part in a planned national school walkout due to security concerns, officials there said.

In place of walking out, student leaders will deliver a presentation that will be streamed to all classrooms via the school’s television studio.

Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

 

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