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Charges Weighed In ‘Bombing’ Of NJ High School

WESTWOOD, N.J. (CBS 2) – A New Jersey dad wanted school spirit to soar, so he took to the skies. As CBS 2’s Tony Aiello reports, the stunt landed him in hot water.

The suspect left a paper trail of toilet paper: three rolls dropped out of a plane allegedly by 60-year-old pilot Warren Saunders.

toilet paper Charges Weighed In Bombing Of NJ High School

Saunders allegedly dropped this toilet paper. (credit: CBS 2)

“In my 55 years, I’ve never seen anything like this. Actually just watching in disbelief that anyone could be so stupid,” said Steve Lillien of Essex Township Resident.

Saunders faces charges and the likely loss of his license to fly.

Lillien and his daughter witnessed the bizarre incident Wednesday evening. While dozens of kids played soccer on a field, cops said Saunders flew his cessna at about 1,000 feet, circled three times and dropping the toilet paper onto the field.

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A block away, Leo Savas couldn’t believe his eyes. “I’m flabbergasted, absolutely flabbergasted, that around here people have no brains, to do something like that.”

Police said Saunders told them the drop was something of a trial run for a stunt he hoped to pull on Saturday, when Westwood High takes on football rival Mahwah, a big game to be played right at the same field.

“The pilot had intended on Saturday to come overhead and toss some sort of fliers with the Westwood colors up in order to rally the fans for the football game,” said Frank Regino of Westwood Police Chief.

Saunders left court without commenting, getting in his car, festooned with stickers supporting Westwood football. His son’s on the team.

“I guess that’s old fashioned school spirit. I guess it was good intentions,” said neighbor Mike Arrington.

Good intentions, but bad judgment, could land Saunders in jail for a year.

In this post-9/11 world, the incident brought out the local hazmat team. Saunders was charged with dropping items from an airplane without a permit.

The FAA was also reviewing the case.

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  • JasonS

    What a moron. There are 18 year old kids with more sense than this idiot.

  • anthony pignataro

    the channel 2 news reader said he was a 1988 member of the mahwah football team.he should not say that it is embarrasing for the team.

  • Bevbux

    What a bundh of loser comments.

  • Krupke

    He should lose his pilot’s license as well as his self-respect.

  • Paul Smith

    Now we are risking lives in the name of High School Sports. It makes sense. Most of the parents of these kids are brain dead to begin with when it comes to the “inflated importance” they attach to a GAME. Many parents are just trying to re live their own failed attempt at having a meaningful childhood.

  • Mama Hamer

    I know the kid didn’t commit the act…however I am sure he knew it was going to happen….therefore I think the kid should not be able to play in this game on Saturday.


    It wasn’t the High School it was the middle school in westwood around 6:30. The toilet paper was also wet with some kind of liquid. And some children touched it.

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