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By Karen Graham     Oct 8, 2014 in Crime
Johnston - Parents in three Rhode Island communities are on-edge this week after a letter was sent to the Johnston, R.I. Police Department on Tuesday, threatening to behead elementary school children on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Johnston Police Chief Richard Tamburini issued a statement on Tuesday, saying the letter was specific in its threat to cause physical harm to elementary school children in Johnston, Cranston and Warwick. Warwick Police Chief Stephen McCartney told WPRO News the actual contents of the letter were "chilling."
Chief McCartney also said the FBI and State Police had been called in to aid in the investigation, and a police officer has been assigned to each elementary school listed in the letter. Both Tamburini and McCartney encouraged parents to send their children to school this week, even though a number of parents stated they would be keeping their children home.
Lt. Matthew Moynihan, a state police officer working on the investigation said law enforcement authorities have not yet determined the validity of the threat.
This latest threatening communication from people unknown is the second threat in less than a week focusing on students in this country. On October 3, hundreds of students and staff members at Harvard University received emails threatening to shoot them on the following day. While this incident was later said to be a "prank" by someone's younger brother, it still is frightening during this time of world turmoil.
With images on the Internet showing mass shootings and beheadings by Islamist militants so readily available, it is no wonder that some groups in our society may be fascinated, and even be aroused watching them. But putting these latest two incidents into perspective is not as easy as people may think. Are the emails and letter only a prank, or do they have to be treated as seriously as any threat?
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