A young girl has been charged with making terroristic threats after she allegedly called a Fort Lee NJ special needs school and threatened to kill people at the school.
According to officials, the 17-year-old suspect called the YCS Fort Lee Education Center not long after students had been dismissed for the day at 3 p.m. The caller allegedly threatened the person on the other end of the line and said that she would “kill everyone” at the private school.
Since the call was placed after school had ended, only a few faculty members and administrative personnel were at the school site when the call was made.
The YCS faculty members apparently recognized the suspect’s voice. They later told police that the person who placed the call was a student at the school. School staff members were also able to use caller ID to confirm their suspicions about the suspect’s identity.
Fort Lee police found the suspect sometime later and placed her under arrest. She was charged with juvenile complaints for terroristic threats and creating a false public alarm.
Although the suspect has been charged as a juvenile offender, she would be subject to severe criminal penalties if the charges were upgraded to adult felony-level offenses. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:12-3, anyone who threatens to commit a crime of violence with the purpose to terrorize another or to cause evacuation of a building can potentially face third degree felony charges. A conviction for third degree terroristic threats could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
After the suspect was arrested and charged, police released her into the custody of her parents.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Girl, 17, Said She’d ‘Kill Everyone’ at Fort Lee School.”