5th graders won’t face charges in ‘immature and unrealistic’ bomb threat

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CLIFTON, N.J. (December 5, 2015) — Four fifth-graders in northern New Jersey will not face charges in an alleged bomb threat at a local high school, according to WABC.

The students from School 11 were detained on Wednesday after police say they brought a nonexplosive device to school with plans to activate it as if it were a bomb during a field trip to Clifton High School.

According to police, the “bomb” was an empty mini Altoids tin that contained cinnamon and salad dressing.

Authorities say teachers and administrators found the students’ written plans to blow up the high school.

The students were released to their parents, and Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes announced on Friday that no criminal charges will be filed.

Valdes told WABC that the plan was an “immature and unrealistic plot” that was in response to “a perceived bullying incident” involving someone one of the students knows, who attends the high school.

The students will be required to undergo mandatory counseling and a psychiatric evaluation before they are allowed to return to school.

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