Teenagers in Roxbury, NJ Accused of Posting Threatening Image of Gun on Social Media
Two students at Roxbury Township High School were recently placed under arrest and charged with terroristic threats for allegedly posting a threatening message and image of a gun on Snapchat. According to authorities in Roxbury, New Jersey, the two juveniles, a 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy, used social media to deliver the threat. The message reportedly read as follows: “I just can’t wait to get back from Spring Break.”
A short time after 1:30 p.m., the Roxbury Township Police Department got word of the threatening message and sent Roxbury cops to the school to make sure that anyone in the building was safe. The next day, despite the fact that it was still spring break for students in the Roxbury School District, police officers remained stationed at the school. Meanwhile, Roxbury detectives investigated and determined the identities of the two teenage suspects. Both were later arrested by Roxbury law enforcement.
Roxbury High School officials sent an email to parents of students at the school and assured them that the situation was under control. The same email, written by Roxbury Superintendent Loretta Radulic, was later posted on the official school website.
Harsh Penalties for Juvenile Offenses in Roxbury, NJ
The two suspects have been charged with multiple juvenile crime offenses for terroristic threats, causing false public alarm, and cyber harassment. While the case works its way through the criminal justice system, the suspects are being detained at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center in Morristown, NJ.
If the underage suspects are ultimately convicted on the most serious charges of terroristic threats, they could potentially face severe penalties. Although the NJ juvenile justice system tends to emphasize treatment and rehabilitation over incarceration, NJ prosecutors will still go after defendants accused of committing certain kinds of juvenile threat crimes – particularly after the recent school shootings in Florida and elsewhere that have drawn much public scrutiny over the inability of law enforcement to keep children safe.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Roxbury Juvenile Offense Attorney
If your child was arrested and charged with a juvenile crime in Roxbury, Parsippany-Troy Hills, Dover, Morristown, or anywhere else in Morris County, NJ, it is imperative that you talk to a qualified Morris County juvenile crime lawyer. Travis J. Tormey is an experienced New Jersey juvenile crime attorney who can defend your child against serious charges. Contact Attorney Tormey today.