Rhode Island Police Receive Letter Threatening to Behead School Children

"Chilling," says police chief.

An anonymous letter threatening to behead elementary school children in three Rhode Island communities was received by police on Tuesday resulting in police protection at every school through Friday. 

An Associated Press report out of Connecticut has Warwick City Police Chief Col. Steven McCartney calling the threat "chilling." "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,” he said.

The three Rhode Island cities threatened are Warwick, Cranston and Johnston. Johnston police received the letter and officers in all three cities will be posted at every elementary school through the end of the week, the report states.

The schools are taking safety measures as well by canceling recess and keeping the children inside. However, it is stated that several parents are keeping their children at home until the threat abates.

The validity of the threat is still being investigated.