No Bomb Found After Lazar School Threat

Students were safely brought to the high school while bomb squad investigated.

Police and fire officials were on the scene of the Robert R. Lazar Middle School Monday morning where officials said a written bomb threat was called in as the students were beginning lunch.

Montville Township Police Capt. Rudy Appelmann said the call about the threat came in just after 11 a.m. Police and school officials followed protocols, Appelman said, and as a precaution, the school was evacuated.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried said all of the students were safe after first being brought to the Montville Community Park and then Montville Township High School.

"The high school administration has been very cooperative," he said. 

Fried said he had received a call from Principal Sharon Carr about the threat and had immediately driven over to the school. Montville Township police and fire officials arrived on the scene and Fried said he wanted a thorough check of the building.

"Before I would allow any child back in the school, we wanted the building thoroughly searched," he said.

The Morris County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad and K-9 Unit also responded to the scene, in addition to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, Appelmann said. Ultimately, "nothing was found in the school," Appelmann said.

"The building was determined to be safe," he added.

Fried said he could not describe the nature of the threat as it could compromise police investigation. He sent a Honeywell alert to parents Monday afternoon. At the high school, Fried said the students were taken care of well.

Appelmann said students returned to the Lazar building before 3 p.m. Officers remained near the school as a precaution and Appelmann said there will be a police presence at the school on Tuesday. He also said he did not believe other schools in the district were affected by the threat.

"We believe it was an isolated incident," he said.

Appelmann said the threat remains under investigation.

Maxim Sapozhnikov March 04, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Fire? Terrorism? Shooting? Structural problems? Epidemic outbreak? Looking forward for an update...
jeannine March 04, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Agreed, more details would be much appreciated.
MikeL March 04, 2013 at 05:32 PM
This is from an e-mail that was sent out: A bomb threat was made earlier today at Lazar Middle School. The children and staff were immediately evacuated to Community Park and are now at MTHS while we have the Morris County Bomb Squad search the building. The children are safe and since the evacuation occurred just before lunch time, we are working to provide them with lunch at the high school. The Lazar staff members are taking good care of the children's needs as are the teachers and administrators at MTHS. We anticipate Lazar being cleared soon and the children returning to Lazar for a normal dismissal at the regular time. Please do not go to MTHS to pick up your child unless it is absolutely necessary. The children are being well taken care of. Thank you. Paul Fried Superintendent of Schools
jeannine March 04, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Thank you MikeL.
vale March 04, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Margie March 04, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Thanks, Mike!
Nina March 04, 2013 at 06:30 PM
is it true they found the bomb?
Nina March 04, 2013 at 06:49 PM
and that it was the same kid as last time?
eileen March 04, 2013 at 07:16 PM
It's 2:13 I have a child in Lazar, no updates just called school office kids are either back or on there way in case there are any other concerned parent's wondering
jeannine March 04, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Thanks Eileen.
stacy March 04, 2013 at 07:35 PM
my mother just saw the kids returing to the school at around 2:20. still no update from honeywell on that...
jeannine March 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Just got the alert from Dr. Fried. Thank you very much for the swift action and the quick resolution to the issue. Let's hope it doesn't happen again.
Judith Caggiano March 04, 2013 at 11:29 PM
The Montville First Aid Squad also responded and assisted in moving students who needed help up to the High School
Cynthia March 05, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Two points: 1. I hope they find the person that did this and prosecute. You have to be sick to affect so many people. There is a cost to it and the person that did this should pay. Good luck finding him/her. 2. The superintendent handled the communication for this very well. Just the right amount and timely.
Sam March 05, 2013 at 12:32 PM
First of all lazar administration handled the situation very well. The students were immediately taken to montville highschool where they were totally safe and fed a free lunch. The students were NOT outside for three hours freezing and starving!
Sam March 06, 2013 at 03:18 AM
Again.... First of all the children's safety in a bomb scare takes more presidence than being cold. And the fact that people keep discussing them being cold is absolutely ridiculous. They did exactly what they had to do to KEEP them safe. What don't u understand about that??? There could have possibly been a dam bomb in the school. Do u think any of us parents would be more concerned with being cold??? Or a bomb going off? Please use your heads people. But then again god forbid people could give credit where credit is due. Everyone will always find something to complain about!!
poptart March 06, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Bill, I don't think the kids should have been dismissed... especially if it was a student. Which by the way I heard there was a message written on a bathroom stall about a bomb. Probably a kid who thought it would be funny. Anyway, when I was in high school we got a bomb threat and school was dismissed. There ended up being a party in the woods that were often used to party. Then the next one came and again a party. I'm sure there were other parties and fun times also. Well, eventually they stopped dismissing and would keep us in the gym until the whole school was searched before allowing us back into the rest of the school. So my point is if it's a student and they keep getting to go home when there's a bomb threat they'll probably keep doing. Also, eating a late lunch and being hungry under the circumstances isn't the end of the world. They were lucky there was enough food for 1,100 extra people. I find it amazing that when I asked my son how crazy it was with all those kids in the building he said he didn't notice because he was on the other side of the school. You would think with so much going on it would be a total disruption but it wasn't.
Sam March 06, 2013 at 03:23 AM
Bill. And also maybe stop reporting what "you heard". Unless u have a child in the school who was actually there... Please do not report anything. Thank you.
John March 06, 2013 at 05:42 AM
First of all, Period 6 and 7 have lunch around the time the students were fed, so that means only half of them weren't used to eating lunch at that time. Lazar and the High School Staff overviewed the students the whole time, and lunch started to be given out at 1:20. The students that got lunch first left the High School first and ten the rest of the students followed. The students were talked to by the principal and were told there was a gas leak so it didn't scare the children. The students then were allowed to go to there Period 9 class. The gym class was preparing to go outside to run, so they were dressed warmly in sweatshirts. Some weren't because they didnt follow the directions of their gym teachers and pack warm clothing.
Louise March 06, 2013 at 02:34 PM
Who is this Bill guy? First and foremost, let's get the kids out of the school! There are 4 lunch periods at Lazar. Some kids eat at this time EVERY school day. If you heard kids were on the bleachers, they meant the bleachers in the gym, not outside. Yes kids were cold as they walked to and from the high school. It was an emergency! Grow up and quit whining!
Libby March 08, 2013 at 03:12 PM
What's making me upset is that there has been no update to the parents. No information relayed on what they did or didn't find and what they plan to do to keep the kids safe and prevent these incidents from occurring again. There's never been an update on the incident with the child who brought weapons to Lazar in December. Yesterday there was a bomb threat at Cedar Hill School, I have a child there too. Again, no follow up. As a parent of children in both schools, I would appreciate more than a phone call thanking all the authorities.
Pete March 09, 2013 at 02:32 PM
" a written bomb threat was called in " What kind of English is THAT ??
Dory Degen March 11, 2013 at 03:05 AM
That is becasue (I believe) there is no written protocol for this.


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