by Phil Stilton
JACKSON – Students attending the Extended School Year Program at Elms Elementary School, here, were evacuated on July 9th after a report was made to township police that a student had a hand grenade in his backpack.
Lt. Steven Laskiewicz reported that all students were safely transported to Goetz Middle School without incident.
Police were tipped off at around 8 am by the parents of the student after noticing a practice grenade which the family had purchased at a flea market was missing and suspected it may have been brought to the school by their child.
Police identified the backpack carried by the child and it remained in the parking lot during the investigation while the New Jersey State Police Bomb Unit was called in to confirm whether or not the grenade was live or not.
Surplus military training grenades are the same outer shells as live grenades, but in a training setting, the fuse and charge only simulate a detonation with an explosive equivalent to a small firecracker and a discharge of white smoke. They are typically painted blue to designate their use for training only.
At approximately 10:15 am, the special unit confirmed that no threat existed.
The incident was the second in recent weeks after three schools were placed on lock down when a man fired a shot gun into homes near the Holman Elementary School on May 30th.
After the scene was cleared by the New Jersey State Police, students who were transported to Goetz Middle School were returned to Elms, where they attend the program to acquire extra instruction over the summer school break.
Grenade Found at Jackson Township Elementary School
by Phil Stilton