East Greenwich School Supt. Victor Mercurio sent a notice out to parents and guardians Wednesday evening after Johnston received a second letter in 15 days with an undisclosed threat to school children in that community, Cranston and Warwick, notifying parents and guardians that police will increase patrols and recess will be held indoors for the remainder of the week.
There has been no threat made against children in East Greenwich.
Police Chief Stephen Brown confirmed they would be “stepping up security similar to the response last time.”
Here is Mercurio’s notice:
“Please accept this correspondence as a means to make you aware that the district continues to work with the local police to monitor the developing story regarding the receipt of a second letter that references a threat to school students in Johnston, Warwick, and Cranston. While there has been no threat to the students and schools of this district, we are working with the local authorities to remain vigilant and continue to review safety protocols and procedures. In the interim and in the same manner as our our previous response to this matter, police patrols and presence will be increased as a precautionary measure. As was the case previously, outdoor activities, including recess, will be held indoors for the remainder of the week during the school day. As always, student safety is the top priority in the district, and we will continue to remain vigilant and monitor the situation across the state and, in particular, across all schools in the district in the days and weeks ahead. Should we need to communicate anything further, we will do so accordingly.”