A Red Bank Regional High School student was arrested on Sunday night and charged with Creating a False Public Alarm, according to a statement by the Little Silver Police Department.
The student, whose identity has not been disclosed, is said to have posted a photo of a gun and the words “Stay Tuned” on social media. The post was shared widely among RBRH students and reported to the Little Silver Police at 9:14 p.m. The student was arrested at 11 p.m., issued a summons and released. He is not in school today.
The photo the student posted was not an actual firearm but an air-soft gun.
Louis Moore, Superintendent of RBRH and Chief Daniel Shaffery of the Little Silver Police Department issued the following statement on the school’s website:
On Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 9:14 pm, the Little Silver Police Department received numerous reports of a suspicious social media photo of what appeared to be a firearm with the caption “stay tuned.” This post was not directed to any individual or institution; however a screenshot of the post was circulated among students of Red Bank Regional High School.
This post was immediately and thoroughly investigated by Little Silver and Red Bank Police Detectives, as well as the School Resource Officer, and found to have originated from a student of Red Bank Regional High School. The RBR School administration was notified of these findings.
Police Officers located the student who had made this posting and determined after interviews there was no evidence to support a threat of danger to the public or the school. The firearm depicted in the social media post was seized by police and was an imitation firearm. The subject who posted the photo was arrested at approximately 11:00 pm and charged with NJSA 2C:33-3 (Creating False Public Alarm) and released on a summons pending a court appearance. This matter was also referred to Red Bank Regional High School Administration for possible disciplinary action.
The status of the student has not been determined; however the student is not in school today. The Red Bank Regional Board of Education does not tolerate threats of any kind and appropriate action will be taken to maintain a safe school environment. We realize that in our current social environment, events such as this can be unsettling. As always, please remember that members of our guidance department and the Source are available to provide support.