5th graders have been accused of trying to bomb Clifton High School, in a murderous plot that has shocked the New Jersey community.
Apparently, the five children., aged between 10 and 11, had exchanged written notes, where they were discussing how they would blow up Clifton High School on Wednesday, December 2. The communication was intercepted by teachers at Clifton Elementary School #11, who contacted the local Police Department.
Upon being notified of this potential threat to the academic institution’s security, authorities investigated the claims, no matter how startling and preposterous they had initially seemed.
This is how they discovered a “suspicious device”, which however was revealed not to contain any type of explosive. In fact, the supposed source of destruction was actually a mere mixture of cinnamon and vinegar, as revealed by Paul Milo, a NJ Advance Media journalist.
That is how police officers arrived at the conclusion that despite several threats alluding to an attack, there was actually no bomb that kids could detonate as part of their plot to wreak havoc to the building and its occupants.
As a result, the level of alert has been downsized for Clifton High School, and law enforcement officials believe there is no cause for concern anymore, since the scheme was a completely exceptional event.
On the other hand, they insist that the incident wasn’t an innocent prank, and that school administrators had well-founded reasons to fear after being informed about this potentially dangerous conspiracy.
Apparently, the plotters had indeed planned a detailed attack targeting Clifton High School during a scheduled field trip, probably aided by another person from the outside, but had experienced difficulty implementing their ideas, due to their limited knowledge of chemistry.
As stated by Detective Sgt. Robert Bracken, a representative of the Clifton Police Department, the most alarming aspect is that the malevolent intentions of the would-be juvenile bombers had been there all along, even though they lacked the proper devices in the end.
The school children, who had initially been detained by law enforcement, have been allowed to return back to their families. However, they remain suspended from classes, until further notice.
The Passaic County’ Prosecutor’s Office will determine if any charges will eventually be laid out against the kids, after consulting with the Clifton Police Department.
The identity of the students involved in the bomb threat hasn’t been revealed to the public, and will remain protected, given that the alleged offenders are of extremely young age.
Meanwhile, parents whose children attend the school at which the attack was supposed to take place have expressed their apprehensions in light of this incident, but are hopeful that now extra security measures have been taken to keep pupils much safer than before.
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