New Jersey schools evacuate over bomb, shooting threat


New York (AFP)

US authorities on Tuesday evacuated at least nine schools in New Jersey after receiving a bomb and shooting threat, a sheriff office's spokesman said.

The schools affected are located in Bergen County in the northeastern part of the state, across the Hudson River from Manhattan.

Police in the town of Clifton said "numerous school districts in the area" had received a bomb threat by voice mail early Tuesday.

Police were dispatched to Clifton High School but have found "no credibility to these threats" although "precautions are still being taken throughout the district in response to the situation," it said in a statement on Facebook.

The message was apparently recorded overnight and "indicated a non-specific threat to the school district involving the placement of a bomb in one of the schools, as well as a secondary threat of a 'mass shooting,'" police wrote.

The schools evacuated are located in Bergenfield, Englewood, Fair Lawn, Garfield, Hackensack, Leonia, Tenafly and Teaneck, said the spokesman for Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino.