Stephanie Ballinger arrested for falsely reporting a shooting at Bergen Community College

Associated Press

LYNDHURST, N.J. (AP) -- Police say a student at a New Jersey community college has been arrested and charged after falsely reporting a shooting on campus that lead to the school being locked down.

Bergen County Police Chief Brian Higgins says 23-year-old Stephanie Ballinger of Lyndhurst was arrested Friday and charged with making false reports to law enforcement and other charges. Higgins says Ballinger was released Friday afternoon and it was not known if she had a lawyer.

Police say Ballinger called and texted her estranged husband claiming she had witnessed a man shoot himself in the parking lot of Bergen Community College, where Ballinger is a student. The husband, stationed in Florida with the military, immediately called New Jersey police.

The call lead to a lockdown of the college's Lyndhurst campus Friday morning.


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