SPARTA, NJ — Sussex County Technical School was evacuated Tuesday afternoon after an alleged threat was reported to administrators, media outlets are reporting.
The threat was written on a bathroom wall, where it was noticed by another student. That student notified school officials, who made the decision to evacuate the school, NJ Herald reported.
A search of the school is underway, the Daily Record reported.
Patch has reached out to Sparta Police and school officials for more information.
Schools across the nation have been on high alert since 17 people, many of them students, were killed and 16 more injured in a Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Threats to schools, many of them turning out to be unsubstantiated, have skyrocketed.
According to The Educator’s School Safety Network, there have been 532 school-based threats or violent incidents in the U.S. since the Parkland shooting — an average of 88.7 per school day. In all, 490 schools in 49 states have been threatened or had actual violence happen, according to the group.