Probably a hoax, but enough to cause panic.
After the Oklahoma workplace beheading, I asked if the threat level had shifted From Going Postal to Going ISIS.
Regardless of whether we see more actual beheadings in the U.S., it appears that threats of beheadings may be the latest iteration of threatening hoaxes based on news events.
As ISIS beheadings are in the news, as well as the Oklahoma workplace beheading, someone who hopefully will be caught made a beheading threat directed at elementary schools in three towns in my formerly home State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. (h/t Infidel Bloggers Alliance)
NBC News 10 reports:
Police had a very visible presence Wednesday at schools in Cranston, Johnston and Warwick.
Officers will be present all day after a letter threatening beheadings at the elementary schools in the three communities was received by the Johnston Police Department on Tuesday. Police said the handwritten letter was one page, and it is being analyzed at the state crime lab at the University of Rhode Island.
Police departments said they would cover every school in the three communities.
“When these threats come in, we take them very serious. But at the same time, we don’t want these threats to disrupt our daily life, including important work that they do here educating students,” Cranston Police Col. Michael Winquist said.
The police presence calmed the fears of some parents.
“I noticed that they have extra police presence here, so I thought it would be safe for them to go to school today. You know I monitor, I’m here. I walk my daughter to school every day,” said Giovanni Carpenter, of Cranston.
But schools felt the effects. Absentee levels in Johnston and Cranston were more than 30 percent as parents exercised an abundance of caution.
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