An anonymous letter threatening the lives of elementary school students in three Rhode Island communities was sent to Johnston police on Tuesday, with the contents of the letter under wraps until today. On Wednesday, officials told NBC 10 that the letter stated that a “beheading is planned” in the cities of Johnston, Warwick, and Cranston.
The threat was directed at elementary school students in all three cities. The letter stated that the beheadings would reportedly be carried out at some point between Wednesday and Friday of this week. While Lt. Matthew Moynihan tells WPRO morning news that the validity of the threat has yet to be determined, parents of school-aged children in Rhode Island are frantic.
“This is coming to a point of home schooling our children, so we can secure their safety.”
Parents were notified on Wednesday by telephone and email that there was a threat in their community. Many parents chose not to send their children to school on Wednesday, with WPRI 12 reporting at at least 1/3 of Cranston students were absent from school, and 40 percent of the students in Johnston stayed home.
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