Former Students' Threat to 'Shoot Up' Highland a Hoax: Police

Police do not believe the two men intended to carry out the threat to 'shoot up' Highland Regional High School.

Two former Highland Regional High School students have been charged with posting to Facebook a threat to "shoot up" the Blackwood school in what police have labeled a hoax.

Gloucester Township Police were alerted to the threat against the high school at about 7 p.m. Monday. The threat was posted to the Facebook account of former Highland High School student Brandon Worley, police said.

Police quickly took Worley, 21, and his roommate, Ramon Leon, 24, into custody at their home on the 600 block of Tatum Street, in West Deptford Township, Gloucester County, Monday night.

No weapons or explosives were found inside the home, according to police, and it is not believed either man had immediate access to firearms.

Investigators determined the two men were attempting to see what they could get away with posting to Facebook, according to Gloucester Township Police Deputy Chief David Harkins.

Still, Worley and Leon have been charged with third-degree false public alarms and third-degree terroristic threats. Both were lodged in Camden County Jail on $35,000 bail.

Before posting the "shoot up Highland" threat, the suspects posted "vulgar and inappropriate" sexually explicit photos and statements on Facebook, Harkins said.

Investigators do not believe the "shoot up" threat was legitimate, and noted that both men indicated they were only joking, according to Harkins. Police do not believe there is a credible threat to Highland or any other school in the area as a result of this investigation.

Highland officials were notified of the threat very early in the investigation, according to police, and precautionary security measures were taken at the high school on Tuesday.

Facebook's legal department has shut down the page involved in the investigation, according to police.

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Jerry Tanenbaum February 21, 2013 at 05:26 PM
I wish they would have printed what they actually posted so we could judge whether it seemed like a joke or not. Weird that the police included a content that other posts were "sexually inappropriate." A) other than showing these guys are idiots, what's that got to do with it? B) does face book have any standards re appropriateness ofsexual comments?
Sean McCullen February 21, 2013 at 05:32 PM
According to police, the exact threat posted to Facebook included the phrase "to shoot up Highland High School."
Jerry Tanenbaum February 22, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Thanks Sean - just don't understand why they didn't report the entire post for context. I'm not saying I disagree with the charcterization - just that given the accuseds' claim of not meaning it - the full post would seem to be more than news worthy.
Charles February 24, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Why feed other twisted or stupid minds with details they could copy? We know enough about it. Good job, GT police!
Marlene Heat February 27, 2013 at 01:13 PM
I saw first hand the asinine things these idiots put on Facebook. Trust me these dummys sounded for real. Brandon always talked about getting people back he could never let go of the past and keep it moving. So yeah I believed what they was posting was the truth.


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