CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Authorities said an alleged plot by a group of Clifton elementary school students to attack a high school was “immature and unrealistic” and was done in response to a “perceived bullying incident” involving someone one of the students knew at the high school.
The 10- and 11-year-old students from Clifton School 11 filled an empty mini Altoids tin with vegetable oil, salad dressing and cinnamon sticks, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said Friday.READ MORE: NYPD: MTA Employee Robbed At Gunpoint At Upper West Side Subway Station
Valdes said the device was not flammable or dangerous and said none of the students had any type of lighting device.
According to authorities, teachers and administrative leaders found suspicious letters from the students claiming they were going to “attack” Clifton High School during a field trip. School officials then notified the Clifton Police Department.READ MORE: Unlicensed Long Island Massage Therapist Accused Of Touching Clients Inappropriately
While investigating the alleged threat, police said they found the device.
Authorities said Friday that at no time were the students of either school in danger and said none of the kids were arrested, taken into custody or charged.
As part of an agreement with Clifton police, the students will be required to undergo mandatory counseling. They will also have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before they are allowed to return to school, officials said.MORE NEWS: Police Seek Suspect In String Of Burglaries In Lower Manhattan
If they don’t follow the requirements of the agreement, officials said they could face charges.