UPDATED: Bomb Threat Prompts Evacuation of Special Needs Facility, Elementary School; Suspect in Custody (VIDEO & PHOTOS)

evacuation school bomb threatA bomb threat prompted the evacuation of a special needs facility, as well as an elementary girls school this morning, officials confirm to TLS.

The threat reportedly came over a voicemail to the ‘ARC’ – a facility for special needs people located in the Industrial Park area – around 8:30 AM.

About 170 people were evacuated from the Oberlin Avenue facility, and nearly 200 elementary girls were evacuated from the Ateres Tziporah school next door.

The girls were sent to another school across the street and are being kept in the auditorium, officials say.

A perimeter has been set up as police await the bomb-sniffing K9 dogs.

UPDATE: 11:45 AM. As earlier reported on our news alerts, police have arrested a person in connection with the threat.

The suspect, reportedly someone who had connections to the facility, was reportedly arrested at his home in Brick by Lakewood’s Detective Bureau. He is being brought into Lakewood Police Headquarters.

Following a sweep from Ocean County Sheriff’s K9 and State Police K9 units, the facilities and schools were deemed safe and all are being allowed to return, officials said.



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  1. it doesn’t matter which school! Please call you child’s school to ensure they are taking proper precautions!!

    Its time to wake up! we live in a dangerous world!
    … And many schools in this town seem to be oblivious!!!!

  2. Folks calm down with the hysterics. The threat was made to a nearby institution, the religious school was evacuated because it was nearby…

  3. now the bomb threat wasnt directed at a school baruch hashem… but its true, it is time for lakewood schools to wake up. My kids school has at least 4 open doors and only one requires one to pass by the office… anyone with anything can just walk right in. Nowadays, is that really safe? shouldnt all doors be locked at all times? why wait for something terrible to happen and then react? why cant we use our seichel and act to preempt any tragedies?

  4. If you read the article it was not for the girls school; it was a voicemail on at the ARC builidng there. That is a school for those that are mentally challenged adults ..

  5. Ateres Tzipora was amazing this morning- they sent out a recorded call to all parents to advise us of the situation and update us on the safety of our daughters. Kudos for being so responsible and organized in a very stressful situation!

  6. #15 – many Lakewood people don’t have text or email. A phone message is probably the best way to reach the most people.

    Big Kiddush Hashem with the girls crossing the street in an orderly and calm fashion. And saying thank you to the cop holding up traffic.

  7. Ateres Tzipora did an amazing job. Both of my daughters were calm about it, never felt scared at all. They kept the girls safe, evacuated immediately, calmly and in an orderly way. I got the call before I heard about it from other sources. Just FYI, they have 3 doors to the outside, all three are locked and visitors have to ring a bell and be buzzed in. They do an amazing job keeping my girls safe on a daily basis. Bash your own school if you must, this one is fantastic.

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