Child arrested for alleged “copycat” shooting threats against Bayonne
Mar 07, 2018 | 735 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BAYONNE – Threatening Twitter posts made Tuesday morning were found to be in imitation of another Twitter account that threatened mass shootings at Bayonne schools over the weekend and caused citywide school closures on Monday, March 5.

A 13-year old Bayonne resident was charged with false public alarm on Tuesday night for allegedly posting the “copycat” threats on Twitter, according to police. The identity of the imitated accountholder remains under investigation.

The 13-year-old allegedly opened a Twitter account on Tuesday morning before school was in session and allegedly used the same user name, Ispakagan Morenalaz, as the still-unidentified accountholder who made similar threats. Both accounts have been deactivated.

“We’re looking into his motivation into why he did this,” said Bayonne Police Chief Drew Sisk. “That’s still unfolding.”

On Facebook, Mayor James Davis said, "Rest assured that the BPD, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, will continue to work diligently to identify and hold accountable those responsible for the other threats. I will continue to provide updates as they become available."

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