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Fanwood’s Goddard School Placed on Partial Lockdown This Afternoon

All NJ Goddard Schools were placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure this afternoon due to a tweet found by Goddard’s corporate offices.


Around noon on Friday, the corporate offices of Goddard found a comment on Twitter that seemed to be threating to Goddard schools, as a precaution all New Jersey Goddard Schools were informed and placed on a partial lockdown, according to Fanwood’s Goddard School owner Tracy Brace.


Brace said the tweet was said to have come from a high school student in Randolph, NJ and was eventually said to be a misunderstood joke.

As a precaution, the Fanwood Goddard School locked the front door and would not let anyone new into the building, including parents. However, at 12:30 p.m. the school dismissed of their half-day students by walking the students outside to their parents.

“We didn’t perceive it to be a threat to let anyone out of the building,” Brace said.

There was a police presence at the school and parents were informed of the situation, Brace told Patch.

“I don’t think anyone was ever in any real danger,” Brace said.

She added that the school is very thankful to have the corporate offices monitoring such activity because otherwise they probably would have never seen the tweet.

wmacre February 23, 2013 at 04:48 PM
If a 3-5 year old per-school-er points a toy gun at a friend, I would take them aside and calmly explain to them that is not a nice thing to do, please don't do it again. But when a 15-17 old high school-er posts fake threats against a preschool on a social website I don't think the calm talking to will be effective. At bare minimum, this person should serve a couple of months as janitor's helper at the school, unpaid of course.
Concerned parent February 25, 2013 at 02:46 AM
It's being dismissed as a "joke" and parents are not getting the details they need to feel safe sending their children back to school. I agree with you 100 percent. A HS student is old enough to cause extreme harm. Joking about hurting children is not and never will be an acceptable joke. What next? .... Scary thought.
Nicole Bitette (Editor) February 25, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Hi wmacre and Concerned parent, I am not sure if any charges were pressed against the student or what exactly happened to the student - this information just was provided by the owner of the Fanwood location.

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