At 6:30pm on Sunday evening an anonymous call was made to the Principal of Rogers High School, in which a threat was made against the school.

The Newport Police Department along with the Community Police Officer assigned to Rogers High School immediately began investigating this matter.  The school and the grounds were searched and there was no evidence of any foul play.

The Newport Police Department worked closely with School Department to ensure the safety of all students and faculty for the upcoming school day.  After careful consideration it was determined that the school day would not be cancelled.  The threat is still being investigated but it is believed to be a hoax at this time and one that has mimicked other such hoaxes that are similar in nature throughout the country.  An increased police presence will be maintained as the safety of our schools is of the utmost priority.

The Newport School department and the Newport Police Department are committed to keeping our schools safe and would like to reassure the public that at no time was any staff or students in any danger.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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