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Cops: Student sent hoax email threat under classmate’s name

February 27, 2018

LAKEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a high school student used a classmate’s identity to send a hoax email that included threats about “blowing up” or “shooting up” a school.

Lakewood police say the 17-year-old boy is charged with creating a false public alarm and making terroristic threats.

Investigators say the email was sent Tuesday from Lakewood High School with the name of a student. But after questioning that teen and another student, police determined it was an “unamusing” hoax.

The teen whose name was on the email was unaware of it and won’t face charges.

The high school and the nearby Lakewood Middle School were both put on lockdown as a precaution while the two students were questioned. An Ocean County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit also swept the high school for explosives.

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