UPDATE from Newport Police Department at 10:20 am
At 0530 hours this morning an anonymous call was made to the Newport Police Department, in which a threat was made against the Newport Public schools. The Newport Police Department immediately began investigating this matter.
The schools and the grounds were searched and there was no evidence of foul play discovered. The Newport Police Department immediately notified the School Department. The threat is 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 including the one they received yesterday.
Yesterday’s Story – Rogers High School Receives Anonymous Threat
An increased police presence was clearly visible as the safety of our schools remains our number one priority.The Newport Police Department would like to remind the public that all matters concerning the public safety of the City of Newport will be taken seriously.
It should be noted that this was in fact a computer automated call that did not pose any immediate threat to either the Newport Schools or the citizens of Newport.
UPDATE from Newport Police Department at 12:02 pm
It should be noted that the Newport Police Department received this call directly and immediately began investigating the matter. Upon dispatching Officers to all of the City’s schools and making the proper notification to specialized personnel the Chief of Police subsequently notified the Superintendent of Schools.