Arresting Officer credits new initiative, Student charged in bomb threat

A new initiative between Princeton Police and the Mercer County Board of Education netted some immediate results.

On September 11th, a note was found inside of a Princeton High School bathroom. The note stated a device would go off inside of the school. The Princeton Police responded quickly to the potential bomb threat because a resource officer was already patrolling the school.

“We met with several students seen on camera around the time the note was found,” said Eric Pugh, Lieutenant with the Princeton Police.

The department charged 18-year-old Jasmine Nicole Keith with threatening to commit a terrorist act with or without intent to commit the act. She’s currently being held in Southern Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond. Keith is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on September 20th at 10 a.m. in front of Magistrate Sandra Dorsey.

Princeton Police signed a contract with the Mercer County Board of Education for a resource officer to Patrol Princeton Middle and Princeton High School.

Mercer County Schools Superintendent Dr. Deborah Akers says any threat to a students safety is taken seriously and responsible parties should be punished to the fullest extent.

Amber Paxton works at Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders. Her oldest child attends Princeton Middle school.

“They know what they did was wrong,” said Paxton. “You never know what’s real and what’s not these days so you need to take everything that happens seriously.”

Paxton says Princeton Middle School is safer with a resource officer patrolling the grounds and appreciates all efforts by the County to protect the kids.




Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

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