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Police: Camden County School Closed Due To Threat

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By Jenn Bernstein, Crystal Cranmore

MERCHANTVILLE, N.J. (CBS) – The Merchantville School in Camden County is closed Thursday after school officials discovered a threat on the boy’s bathroom wall.

Police were called out to Merchantville School at about 4 p.m. Wednesday after officials say writing on the bathroom wall indicated there would be a shooting at the school.

Police are not giving details but say the threat was not directed at any person or group. Police Chief Wayne Bauer said in light of what happened in Connecticut they took extra precautions, “every threat needs to be taken seriously.”

Parents received a phone call and a text message from the school alerting them about the school closing.

The president of the school board, Edward Bohn said in a statement that police are asking that all parents speak to their kids about this incident.

Anyone with any information can call the police department and all conversations will be confidential.

The school of about 350 students, grades Pre-K through eight, is expected to reopen Friday. Chief Bauer says there will be extra officers at the school when it does.

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