UPDATE: Students Being Bussed Back to Marlboro Memorial Middle School

The school had been evacuated in response to a suspicious note, school officials said..

Update, 1:25 p.m.: The scene has been cleared and students are being bussed back to the middle school. Nolan Road has been reopened.


Update, 12:40 p.m.: Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik said an active investigation is underway and the school is being swept by law enforcement. However, he said he doesn't believe the threat was a legitimate one and extra precaution is being taken in the wake of the explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday.


Update, 12:37 p.m.: At least two K-9 units were observed at the scene.


A "suspicious note" has prompted the district to evacuate Marlboro Memorial Middle School shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Sharon Witchel, a district administrator.

Two ambulances are at the Nolan Road school. The scene appears calm and organized as children are waiting on lines to be taken from the middle school by district school buses and transported to Marlboro Middle School. 

According to Witchel, the students are being bussed away in an abundance of caution and to allow the Marlboro Police Department to have easy access to the entire building while they investigate the incident.

She said she was unable to comment on the contents of the note, saying that it is part of an active investigation.

At this time, Witchel does not anticipate that the incident will impact dismissal time or the afternoon bus schedule. 

Once the scene has been cleared by police, students will be bussed back to the middle school, Witchel said. 

Nolan Road has been shut down by police.

A K-9 unit from the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office is also on the scene.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

DANIEL ESTREICHRE April 16, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Marlboro VoiceofReason April 16, 2013 at 05:37 PM
To Daniel, Thanks for the wonderfully insightful posting . . .
Haiying Yao April 16, 2013 at 05:58 PM
my son is in the school
Mellissa Erin April 16, 2013 at 07:44 PM
I was there today. We lined up in home rooms and then walked together to the busses, some kids were waiting in the park, we went to Marlboro Middle and ate lunch there, the principal was nice and we stayed in the gym for almost two hours but everyone was safe, except I saw one girl having a panic attack while we were walking to the busses.
Regina Beef April 16, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Some of this information is inaccurate. I am en eight grade student at this school. The fire alarms went off around 10:30 and my class and I waited for further instructions outside. Then we heard the sirens and were ordered to walk in a single file line down Nolan RD. to Nolan Park. There we boarded buses and were transported to Marlboro Middle.
Zach Hamilton April 17, 2013 at 12:03 AM
I'm a 6th grader and I go to this school. And I was in the student services when 3 boys came rushing in saying that a note is in the boys bathroom saying that this week I'm gonna bomb this school. And I was scared to death. Then I go to the conference room with mrs.hunt then the fire alarm went of. Then we were sent outside to the back of the school. Fairly far. Then we all here a ton of sirens go of then we were sent to walk down Nolan rd to go to the Nolan park. Then buses come to pick us up and get transferd to the old middle and I was so scard then we sat in the gym for the hole day and ate lunch there to.
Maureen Fecci April 17, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I would think by now there would be a follow-up on this story? What actually happened and who is responsible?? Would like to know the outcome.
Kaitlyn Anness April 17, 2013 at 05:32 PM
Maureen, There have been two follow-up stories which were published yesterday. The investigation is ongoing, police have not announced a suspect. http://marlboro-coltsneck.patch.com/articles/threat-protocol-elevated-at-marlboro-memorial-in-wake-of-boston-tragedy http://marlboro-coltsneck.patch.com/articles/marlboro-parents-react-to-marlboro-memorial-threat


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