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HAMMONTON — Police were called to Hammonton Middle School on Tuesday after a student made a threat about the school, Superintendent Robin Chieco said.

A letter was sent to all parents in the district regarding the incident Tuesday afternoon, she said.

Chieco said she could not elaborate on the incident or the identity of the student other than to say the student “made disturbing statements regarding school safety” and that no students were in danger.

According to the statement, provided to The Press of Atlantic City by the district, law enforcement and others were contacted as soon as the administration became aware of the incident.

“We involved law enforcement officials, school and other professionals, and are taking steps specifically designed to protect all students now and in the future. Please be assured that at no time were students in actual danger,” the statement read.

The student was removed from the school but not taken into custody, police Chief Robert Jones said. As of Tuesday, no charges were filed against the student, Jones said.

Chieco said the student was removed immediately from the rest of the student population.

“We are fortunate that we have (a school resource officer) in our building to assist when we have an incident. As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority,” she said.

When asked if there was a rise in school security threats following the mass shooting at a Florida high school earlier this month, Chieco said the district is constantly evaluating its protocols to ensure student safety.

“Due to the recent tragedy in Florida, school security has been brought to the forefront of everyone’s thoughts. However, it is always the top priority of our school administration, staff and board members,” she said.

The letter from the district informed parents that if they have concerns, they can contact a building principal or Chieco.

“I also ask that you talk to your children and remind them that if they see or hear something to say something, and that we are here for all of them,” the statement reads.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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