A teacher at East Greenwich High School found a note containing a “random and general threat to the school community,” school officials wrote in an email to parents Thursday afternoon.
The email, written by Principal Michael Podraza and Supt. Victor Mercurio, said the note was “anonymous” and “appears to be unconnected, arbitrary and the work of an individual who fails to appreciate the seriousness of that matter to which we have been responding this week.”
They were referring to heightened anxiety at the school following a student’s posting on Facebook April 6 of an essay he’d turned in to his English teacher a week earlier describing a school shooting spree. That student, a sophomore, has been suspended and is facing two charges of disorderly conduct related to the posting.
“It is critical to note that our continued collaboration with the police has not revealed any specific threats to the school or the school community,” the email read.
Police presence at the high school has been increased all week. Two officers have been on duty there. Police Chief Thomas Coyle said Thursday night the increase will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. Police would not reveal the contents of the note, saying the investigation was ongoing.
The email closed with a quote from Edward R. Murrow: "No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices."