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Mar 05, 2020

Active Shooter Report False: Rumors Spread as Police Respond to Call

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As witnesses report a heavy police presence in Marlboro, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has denied there being any threat to the public.

Locals have reported being rerouted away from Lloyd Route and Route 79 in the Morganville/Marlboro/Aberdeen area as police are halting traffic. Many have said there is a suspected active shooter near the Cpc High Point School, but the Prosecutor’s Office denies this claim.

“Reports of an active shooter at High Point Adolescent School in Marlboro are FALSE,” the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon. “The incident is now being investigated as a SWATTING incident. ALL STUDENTS ARE SAFE. No threat to the public. Anyone with information is urged to contact law enforcement.”

Swatting is criminal harassment that involves deceiving emergency services into sending police to a specified location without there being a true threat or crime.

The Marlboro Township Police Department said at approximately 3 pm, the Monmouth County Radio Room in Freehold received an anonymous call about a possible active shooter at Cpc High Point School.

Officers were dispatched to the school and contacted the Marlboro Township Board of Education. As a result, Marlboro Memorial Middle School was placed on lockdown.

“Officers investigated, found nothing, and at this time, we believe it to be a hoax,” the department said. “Once we deemed the situation to be safe, the lockdown at Memorial Middle School was lifted. Our officers are still on location at CPC School; if need be, we will update with any further pertinent information.