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Watchung, NJ 07069

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Phone: 908.756.0080
Address: 15 Mountain Blvd
Watchung, NJ 07069

Watchung Hills Regional High School Lockdown on May 25, 2022

Dear Residents, 

The horrific acts of violence at the Robb Elementary School in Ulvade Texas has heightened our awareness and concerns for our own locality. Yesterday, these events hit close to home as the Watchung Hills Regional High School (WHRHS) in Warren, NJ went into lockdown following a phone threat. 

I received many calls from parents wanting more detailed information during the event and as a parent of a WHRHS student, I shared their concerns. Please be aware that It’s important to realize that emergency crisis events trigger a coordinated response and communications are limited to prevent misinformation and to not interfere with ongoing investigations. I want to assure our residents that our schools, police and first responders have planned coordinated response protocols to respond to such events and they did an exemplary job yesterday. Parents received updates from the school administration and our Police department provided additional support to Warren PD onsite at the school. The school was searched and thankfully the event was deemed not credible, and students were dismissed. As Acting Mayor, I was in direct communication with our Police Chief Hart during the event and we agreed to send a Nixle report update to residents (who have signed up for alerts). (See here: https://local.nixle.com/alert/9443143/?sub_id=0

Please remember we have a new website that requires all residents to sign up for alerts to receive updates for various emergency and non-emergency communications. Sign up here 

Extra police presence at WHRHS was provided today as students returned to class as a precaution. This is still an active investigation being conducted by the Somerset County’s Prosecutors office and as such, communications regarding discreet details remain limited at this time. 

I want to thank our school parents and residents for their patience and understanding regarding our responses to these types of events and to assure them that we will conduct these protocols whenever a threat is received at any of our schools within the Borough or at WHRHS in neighboring Warren township where our students attend HS. 

Respectfully, 

Ronald Jubin, Ph.D. 

Acting Mayor and Council President 

Watchung NJ