The mindset that "it can't happen here" has changed dramatically in recent years and, as the result of a "suspicious note" found in a bathroom at the Middle Township High School in Cape May Court House, NJ, the school was evacuated on Thursday, October 30.
After school officials ordered the evacuation, K9 units from the Sheriff Departments of Cape May County, Atlantic County, Cumberland County and Salem County, as well as from the Hamilton Police Department and the Delaware River and Bay Authority, searched the facility. At 12:50 pm the building was cleared and the students returned to resume the school day.
The incident is being investigated by the Cape May County Prosecutors Office and Middle Township Police Department, which has requested anyone with information to call the department at 609-465-8700 or leave an anonymous tip at Cape May Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.
It's obvious that the most recent shooting incident at a high school near Seattle, Washington, in which two were killed and three others injured before the shooter took his own life, is fresh in the minds of local school and police officials. We live in a new era, when guns in the hands of disturbed young people can wreak havoc among fellow students and anyone else who gets in the way. The actions of the school officials and local police units are to be commended. In this day and age, there is no such thing as being too careful.
Beau Weisman, Editor