MAYS LANDING –Atlantic County Sheriff's Department officers responded this afternoon to the Atlantic County Special Services School in Mays Landing in response to a text-messaged threat made to the mother of a child attending the school, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
The woman received the text message Friday at 1:38 p.m., while she was at her Newtonville home. Her child was at the Atlantic County Special Services School in class. The sender of the text message threatened to do violence to both her and her child. The message is believed to have come from a person known to her.
The victim contacted New Jersey State Police, who responded to her home. Atlantic County Special Services School authorities initiated emergency lock down procedures as the Atlantic County Sheriff's Department secured the school and its perimeter, to ensure the safety of children and employees of the school.
There was no further incident, and school dismissal was completed on schedule.
The Sheriff's Department continues its investigation of the incident, according to Atlantic County Sheriff Frank Balles.
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