Contrary to rumors that flew around Brick Friday, no incidents were reported at any township school, Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said.
The district did arrange for an increased police presence districtwide, and all school doors were locked, but just as a precaution in response to the rumors.
"The doors are all locked, we're being proactive, but knock-on-wood, there have been no incidents today," said Uszenski.
By 12:30 p.m., two marked Brick Township Police cars were parked outside of Brick Memorial High School, part of the precautionary presence.
The district received hundreds of calls from concerned parents, and principals put out robo-calls to assure parents that there were no issues or dangers in the schools.
"There have been a lot of rumors, from gun shots to people breaking in," said Uszenski. "None of them are true."
"The truth is, the kids are learning, I visited some schools today and the kids were coming up and wishing me a Merry Christmas," he said. "It's been a calm day."
The rumors come one week after a deadly shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut which left 27 people dead, including 20 children.
Uszenski, at a Board of Education meeting Thursday night, promised an increased police presence at schools Friday and said anyone who caused trouble would be arrested and prosecuted.