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Brooklawn Student Removed from School for Making Threats

BROOKLAWN, N.J.-An Alice Costello school student was removed from the school after he told another student he made up a list of names of classmates he wanted to harm. Included on the list was the name of a teacher.  The incident occurred on Thursday, October 25.

Dr. John Kellmayer, School Superintendent, said after he was informed of the incident by a teacher he called law enforcement authorities.

Kellmayer said the student was interviewed by a member of the Camden County Prosecutors Office and local police. It was determined by authorities that it was not a credible threat but he did need mental help. He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment where he remains.

Following the incident Dr. Kellmayer notified sixth grade parents about it via a letter he sent home with the students of that class. A copy of the letter appears below.


Brooklawn Public School District
301 Haakon Road

Brooklawn NJ 08030

October 26, 2007

Dear Parents:                  

On late Thursday afternoon, (October 25th) a Grade 6 student in your child's class created a list of students whom this student would like to harm. Another student reported this list to a staff member, who in turn, reported it to me.

On Friday morning, Mr. Lee and I met with this student and his mother and confirmed that such a list did exist. The student has been suspended, placed on indefinite home instruction, and is receiving appropriate medical care. The police and county prosecutor were notified.

Should you have questions about this matter, please be sure to contact me.


John Kellmayer Ed.D.


Author Bill Cleary