Updated 05/28/18 2:30pm:
The Mansfield Police Department and the Northern Burlington School Administration have released a joint statement this afternoon updating the public on a social media investigation.
A violent and racist social media post worried local residents this past week, and today, the Mansfield Police Department announced “The investigation revealed that this offensive post originated in another part of the country over 1,000 miles away and there is no indication that any students or other individuals associated with the school or our area were involved.”
Though police assured community members that the post did not originate from this area, parents still worry about their children’s safety. “We recognize how concerning these situations are. To help reassure parents and students, there will be an increased police presence on campus Tuesday morning.”
@MansfieldPD_NJ @nbc_hsprincipal @nbc_super— Dee (@CajitasCajitas) May 28, 2018
Will the Police be present EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY until school ends this June????
My Son is a Senior and he is not White, which puts my kid in danger. I want to know, since it appears that this "investigation" will be ongoing.
FULL JOINT RELEASE FROM MANSFIELD PD AND NORTHERN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION:
The Mansfield Township Police Department, together with the Northern Burlington County Regional School District Administration, would like to update the community regarding the law enforcement investigation concerning the social media post reported to the Northern Burlington County Regional School District on Thursday, May 24th. The investigation revealed that this offensive post originated in another part of the country over 1,000 miles away and there is no indication that any students or other individuals associated with the school or our area were involved. The investigation has further revealed that the forum where this offensive post was posted is not limited to students, not controlled by the school, and open to anyone. We are confident the social media post represents no credible threat to the schools located in Mansfield Township.
Federal authorities have been notified and will be continuing the investigation. Racism, threats, criminal offenses, and disruptions to the school day will not be tolerated. When incidents of this nature occur, both law enforcement and school administrators benefit from the public’s assistance. The students who initially reported this to the Northern Burlington administration did the community a tremendous service. We strongly encourage individuals in the community who identify any concerning social media posts to immediately notify law enforcement and we continue to encourage students to notify school officials immediately. We recognize how concerning these situations are. To help reassure parents and students, there will be an increased police presence on campus Tuesday morning.
Lastly, we would like to thank the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Cyber Crimes Unit for their assistance with the investigation.
COLUMBUS, NJ –
A racist and violent alleged post on social media has residents worried, particularly those in the Northern Burlington area.
NBC Superintendent Dr. Sarruda alerted parents this morning via email, saying “[S]chool administration contacted and collaborate with police immediately to determine the credibility of social media posts. At this time, we have not been able to attribute this post to a student from our school.”
NB Administration & police aware of social media concern. No credible threat. Investigation continues. See email from school administration.— Dr. James Sarruda (@nbcsuper) May 25, 2018
“Administration is aware of an inappropriate and concerning social media post. As is our protocol, school administration contracted and collaborate with police immediately to determine the credibility of social media posts.
At this time, we have not been able to attribute this post to a student from our school. However, we will continue to actively investigate. We continue to encourage our students and our community to share all social media posts of concern.
In collaboration with law enforcement, we will continue to evaluate and respond to inappropriate posts. We are very sensitive to keeping our community safe.” – Dr. Sarruda