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'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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