The former Wall Township Schools student whose violent plot to harm scores of his classmates was uncovered by authorities will be charged with a trio of offenses later this month, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday.The boy, whose name is being withheld because of his age, will be charged in juvenile court with harassment, creating a false public alarm and making terroristic threats, said Charles Webster, prosecutor’s office spokesman.
His court date is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 23 in Freehold before Judge James J. McGann, Webster said. Unlike adult court cases, juvenile court hearings are closed the public.
The boy faces a possible sentence of two years probation, Webster said.
“With juvenile cases, it’s generally a first offense and there’s always a presumption of non-incarceration,’’ Webster said.
District officials in April found a note containing general, but violent threats and removed the student from the Central School and he was never allowed to attend the Intermediate School this September. He has been attending an alternative education program, officials have said.
The note led to a police investigation in which a computer was seized, and a plan that named 40 district students at the Intermediate School and some celebrities as possible targets for violence and was found, authorities have said.
Wall Police at first called the plan “elaborate,’’ and compared it to a “Columbine’’ or “Newtown’’ mass casualty event. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office later said those comparisons were inaccurate and called the plan “non-specific.’’
“We believe it was more of a fantasy-type thing he had,’’ Wall Police Lt. John Brockriede has said. “Not something he was capable of actually carrying out.’’