The school member at a Cranford college who was arrested final week for allegedly making terroristic threats towards the varsity the place he works will endure a court-ordered psychological well being analysis.
On Thursday, Matthew Acosta, 33, of Kenilworth, who works at Orange Avenue Faculty, appeared in entrance of State Superior Courtroom Decide Daniel R. Lindemann for a detention listening to.
Lindemann granted prosecutors’ movement to detain Acosta, pending a psychological well being screening for dangerousness, Mark Spivey, a spokesperson from the Union County Prosecutor’s Workplace, mentioned.
Acosta could have one other courtroom listening to will following completion of the analysis, he mentioned.
Man arrested for threatening college the place he works, cops say
Neither Cranford Police nor Orange Avenue Faculty officers have detailed the character of the alleged menace towards the varsity.
The affidavit of possible trigger within the case, obtained Thursday, alleges Acosta “appeared to have a tricky time adjusting to being a Particular Schooling Trainer” and was offended at two different academics who he labored with within the classroom.
“Matthew was adamant that his co-teachers have been out to get him and he ought to simply convey a gun to high school and shoot up the place,” detectives wrote within the affidavit.
Acosta additionally said that he had weapons, the affidavit says.
When he mentioned that in a dialog with a college worker, they requested if he was joking. Acosta replied, “not you, effectively, the place are you throughout what interval?” The co-worker requested Acosta once more if he was simply making a joke and he mentioned “yeah, yeah.”
A shut household pal who spoke with NJ Advance Media this week, with the situation of anonymity, mentioned the state of affairs should have arisen out of some kind of miscommunication. (NJ Advance Media talked to the pal earlier than acquiring the affidavit.)
“(Acosta) just isn’t a violent individual,” the pal mentioned. “It simply would not make sense.”
Superintendent Scott Rubin has mentioned a employees member reported the menace to the varsity’s principal, who then contacted police.
In an e mail to households within the district, Rubin known as the incident “extraordinarily unsettling,” however added that there was no present menace to the varsity.
-Reporter Joe Brandt contributed to this story.