Cyber- Crimes Related to School Treats
February 9, 2022
MAPLE SHADE, NJ --Chief Christopher Fletcher announces that charges were filed against a 15-year-old Maple Shade resident for their role in making threats against the Maple Shade High School community on December 15, 2021, on a social media platform. The juvenile has been charged with FALSE PUBLIC ALARMS (NJSA 2C:33-3a.1b a 2nd-degree crime), CAUSING OR RISKING WIDESPREAD INJURY OR DAMAGE (2C:17-2d2 – a 4th-degree crime), and CYBER HARASSMENT (NJSA 2C:33-4.1a – a 4th-degree crime). Since this person is a juvenile, their name is not being released at this time.
The Maple Shade Police Department recently charged a 12-year-old township resident with similar charges for their in-role posting threats to the Maple Shade High School community on the same date. It’s been determined that these incidents were not related.
During the course of this investigation, it was discovered that the juvenile created a TIK TOK account and posted several videos to the account that were perceived as threats against Maple Shade High School. The juvenile created the account as part of a nationwide TIK TOK challenge.
Even though the account was only active for a short time, the videos were viewed and shared numerous times throughout the community. The investigation was handled by Detective Corporal Jeffrey Engel of the Maple Shade Police Department.
The Maple Shade Police Department encourages parents to take an active role in their child’s social media usage and to report any suspicious activity to the police so that appropriate action can be taken in a timely manner.
Maple Shade Township Police Department
200 N Stiles Ave
Maple Shade Township, NJ 08052