I really do not know what to say about this. There is a knot in my stomach the size of Rhode Island. I can barely catch by breath. The shock is beyond belief. I can not even begin to imagine what the parents felt upon hearing this.
WARWICK, R.I. – A specific – and graphic – threat was made against school children in three Rhode Island communities.
Johnston, Cranston and Warwick are on alert after a threat was issued that involved “beheading.”
The threat, which was delivered by mail, said, “Beheading is planned.”
Warwick police Col. Steven McCartney called the message “chilling.”
Many parents are reportedly keeping their children at home.
“Some parents are keeping their kids at home. Right now we just ran our attendance data, we have about a third,” Cranston School Superintendent Judith Lundsten tells WPRO.
“I was at Gladstone this morning and in one of their rooms they almost had 100% attendance.”
According to the Providence Journal, Lundsten canceled recess and students will not wait outside but will enter immediately.
Cranston police chief Michael Winquist tells the radio station there will be an increased police presence around both public and private schools, but that there patrols will not disrupt the school day.
The mailed threat reportedly said children would be targeted Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
(WHDH) –The drama in Rhode Island comes on the heels of similar threats in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The threat was reportedly handwritten and police have enlisted the help of the FBI to determine the source of the letter.
The question in my mind is where did the letter originate from? Foreign or domestic?
Even if the source of the threat has no intention of attempting to carry out the threat, it is still –terrorism.
No matter what the motive behind the threat is, it is still –terrorism.
He/she needs to be hunted down and brought to justice immediately, if not sooner.
If your child attended any of the targeted schools would you keep them at home for the time being or continue sending them?
This American Thinker article is from 2007, but in context of this news the information within remains highly relevant: [Islamic] Terrorists Targeting Students: The Kids are not Alright
Velvet Hammer (crosspost)