- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) - A northern New Jersey teenager has admitted posting a social media message alluding to a threat against Cranford High School students last fall.

Union County prosecutors say the 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty Wednesday to creating a false public alarm.

The charge stems from an online posting made on Oct. 30. The message alluded to a “big surprise” occurring at the school the next day, with students advised to “watch your backs.”

Authorities completed a sweep of the school but no weapons or dangerous items were found. An investigation identified the teen as a suspect.

The boy, who was 14 at the time of the incident, received a year of probation and must complete 40 hours of community service with the Elizabeth police department. He also must pay $2,000 in restitution.

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