MONROE (Gloucester) — Williamstown High School was placed on lockdown and students were taken to another location after a threat targeting specific people was received on Friday morning.

Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Tom Gilbert told New Jersey 101.5 that township police and other agencies responded to the threat against the school in the Williamstown section.

The threat was received by the principal before the school day. The threat mentioned specific individuals, according to police.

Police on Friday afternoon said the names of the targeted individuals were from another district. The district was not disclosed but officials there have been notified.

The threat did not originate from within the state of New Jersey, according to police.

The school, which at the time had 30 to 50 students already there, was evacuated and arriving school buses were turned away. Classes were canceled for the day.

"The kids have been safely and orderly removed and transported from the school and reunited for the most part with their families," Gilbert said. "In the abundance of caution we are following through on the event and the high school has been evacuated."

Neither Gilbert nor police disclosed specifics of the threat.

Nature of the threat not disclosed

Gilbert said no shots were fired and no one was injured.

Police are present at all the district's other schools where classes are in session.

Over 1,800 students from Monroe Township attend the school.

It was the second threat made against a Monroe Township school this week. The department's Facebook page said a threat was thoroughly investigated but no imminent threat to any students or staff within the district was found.

The department did not disclose which school was threatened Tuesday.

Fifth threat against a New Jersey school

It is the latest in a series of threats made against New Jersey schools following the massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 24.


  • Lakewood High School went into lockdown late Tuesday afternoon after police in neighboring Howell received a report claiming that a man had an assault rifle near the school. The report, however, was unfounded.



  • A 12-year-old student brought a .9mm caliber handgun to North Star Academy on Washington Street in Newark on Tuesday, according to Public Safety Director Brian O'Hara.  The student was taken into custody.

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