NEW JERSEY – Bomb threats on Tuesday morning prompted forced evacuations or lockdowns at more than a dozen schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware and Iowa.
Nine of these bomb threats were made in New Jersey schools and four of these schools also received threats of a mass shooting.
The threats were dialed in at about 8:50 a.m. to schools in Teaneck, Garfield, Tenafly, Clifton, Fair Lawn, Leonia, Engelwood, Hackensack and Bergenfield.
Bergen County, which includes all nine municipalities, is home to nearly 20,000 Filipinos.
Authorities say they did not regard the threats as credible, but that the evacuations and lockdowns were carried out as a precaution.
Bergenfield City Councilman Arvin Amatorio, who is Filipino American, told Balitang America that it’s important to take these threats be taken seriously.
“We don’t take these things lightly,” he said. “Even though these are just threats, we want to make sure that the students are safe and sound when they go back to the school. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”