BRICK-Last week, a student was arrested by Brick Township police officers after allegedly making threats aimed at other students at Brick Memorial High School.
According to police, an April 24, 2018 numerous students at Brick Memorial High School told faculty that a fellow student made threats of violence toward others in the school.
A 15-year-old male student was charged with making a terroristic threat and suspended from school.
Police said students and staff were never in any danger during the incident and Mayor John Ducey notified the community about measures being implemented by the police department to further safeguard students in the future.
Ducey said the incident was reported under the district’s “If you see something, say something” policy. Ducey said both the school district and the township will be coordinating and working closely together in the future.
He said the police department regularly trains in active shooter drills and other school safety training including tabletop drills. The township also employs two school resource police officers and three D.A.R.E. officers.
Ducey said the township will soon be rolling out anonymous reporting software that will allow students and members of the community to make reports to the police anonymously, which will be paid for with police forfeiture funds. The mayor said the software should be running by the new school year in September.
Police officers will also be trained by a psychologist to recognize threats and to learn how to deal with students and faculty in school-involved incidents. He added that the police department will also train teachers and students. He added that the police department will begin monitoring social media channels within the township.
He also said police will be changing their habits to provide more presence on school property.
“If a police accident happens and police officers are writing a report, rather than sitting in a WaWa parking lot, they’ll always sitting in a school parking lot,” Ducey said. “This way their presence is always there.”
Ducey said police officers who patrol zones with a school located within are also required to police the property twice per shift.