Rhode Island Police Receive Threat to Behead Elementary School Students

'There was a specific mention of elementary schools in this letter'

AP

Police in Rhode Island said they received a letter that contains threats to behead children in the state.

The letter specifically threatens elementary school students, according to WPRO.

Col. Steven McCartney tells WPRO-AM that the threat specified that "beheading is planned." He called the nature of the threat targeting children in Warwick, Cranston, and Johnston "chilling."

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"There was a specific mention of elementary schools in this letter, the other thing which was the specific type of threat, which was beheading, is planned," McCartney told WPRO.

The threat was sent anonymously through the mail, but police are taking it very seriously. Some parents have decided to keep their children out of school due to the threat as well. Police are trying to reassure those parents of their children's safety.

"The intent of the Warwick Police Department is to allow the education of the students to continue safely," McCartney told WPRO.

Cranston Supt. Judith Lundsten says recess will be canceled and students will not wait outside but will enter immediately.

Police are still working to verify the threat.