Police in Newport, Warwick investigating school threats

NEWPORT, R.I. (WPRI) — High school students at in Warwick and Newport were dismissed early Wednesday following bomb threats to two different schools.

The first threat was made against Rogers High School in Newport.

Newport Police Sgt. Corey Huck said a phone call was made at 10:10 a.m. specifically threatening the school. Huck said the voice sounded computer generated.

Police and school officials decided to dismiss the students. As of 1:45 p.m., police were finished sweeping the school and cleared the scene.

This is the third threat made toward city schools in the last few days.

State police are assisting Newport police with their investigation.

Warwick Vets bomb threat
Warwick police respond to a bomb threat at Veterans Memorial H.S. (Photo: Rosie Woods/WPRI 12)

In a separate incident, Warwick police were called to a bomb threat at Veterans Memorial High School Wednesday afternoon. The students in that school were dismissed as well.

As of 2 p.m., police had finished searching the school and cleared the scene.

In a tweet, police said the threat made toward the school was also a robo-call. However, it’s unclear if the two threats are connected.

Eyewitness News uses extreme caution when reporting on threats against schools, weighing the potential for copycat crimes and your need to know what’s happening at schools and what’s being done to keep students safe.

In Rhode Island, police tell us making a threat is a serious crime that could lead to as many as 10 years in prison and fines up to $5,000.

Massachusetts State Police have told us calling in a fake threat is punishable by as much as 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $50,000, or both.

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