Parents ‘confident’ in police after threat

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A visible police presence, which has been at schools in three local communities, extended to Friday night football.

Authorities say they’re not letting their guard down after a chilling note was sent to the Johnston Police Department, threatening children in their town, as well as students in Cranston and Warwick.

“I feel more confident,” parent Elyse Kelley told Eyewitness News. “I’m trying to trust in our police department and everything else. They really are on top of the kids and everybody is taking the threat seriously, which they should.”

School officials in all three communities say increased security measures will remain in place next week. In Johnston, police will be stationed at the elementary schools, while Warwick will have an officer on duty while students arrive and for dismissal. Cranston’s superintendent says there will be an officer at each school.

“I think the local School districts handled it well. I think the police are handling it well, Sal Capirchio, whose son is a coach at Cranston East, said. “I just hope it goes by the boards without any incidents.”

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