Arrest made in South Jersey swatting threat
Law enforcement is making some in-roads in how they handle swatting and finding those who make the calls.
Harrison Township Police say they have charged a 17-year-old student from Clearview Regional High School as a juvenile with creating a false public alarm and terroristic threats for a May 26 incident. The unidentified female was released to the custody of her parents until she appears in court. The South Jersey Times reports the threat was made via a hand-written note found in a classroom.
Meanwhile, Princeton police chief Nicholas Sutter talked tough at a meeting about swatting on Wednesday, calling it "an act of terrorism" according to the Patch of Princeton. There have been 14 incidents at various schools and facilities in Princeton, each requiring a full response from law enforcement. Superintendent Steve Cochrane says the calls, although fake, can be hard to hear. “I was on hand for one threat and I heard the words directly. I was shaken up," he told the Patch.
Sutter says he is in daily contact with the FBI and state officials in an effort to talk about swatting.
Princeton is among the hardest hit in the state with swatting along with Holmdel with almost daily incidents. One of two threats at the Ocean County Mall in Toms River has resulted in the arrest of a former mall employee, Showander Descarte, who denies she made the threat.
- N.J. student charged in high school bomb threat / NJ.com
- 'Swatting' is Act of Terrorism, Princeton Police Chief Says / Patch of Princeton