Teenager Arrested After Threatening to Shoot Students at Bayonne High School

The Bayonne Police Department announced early this morning it had arrested 18-year old, Jersey City resident Deandre Jefferson at his home at approximately 11:20 last night for making an online threat against Bayonne High School late Tuesday afternoon.

The threat came just hours after a massive shootout in the Greenville section of Jersey City. The shootout took the life of Jersey City Police Detective Joe Seals and several others.

According to Bayonne Police Captain Joseph Scerbo, Jefferson posted the threat at approximately 5:45 yesterday afternoon. It reportedly said, “The way they was shooting today is the way same way how imme shoot Bayonne high up.”

The online threat drew an immediate response from Bayonne Superintendent of Schools John Niesz, who said he was “disgusted to send this message” to the residents of Bayonne, informing them of the alleged threat by Jefferson. Niesz said all children in the school system would be safe, calling the threat “absolutely deplorable.”

This morning Bayonne Police stated, following a thorough investigation of the matter, that at no time was the threat credible.
Jefferson has been charged with making terroristic threats, false public alarm and false reports to law enforcement.


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