- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Democratic state representative says he considers the person who sent letters threatening Rhode Island schools a “terrorist.”

North Kingstown Rep. Robert Craven on Monday joined several legislators in saying he will push legislation in the 2015 session making all threats against schools or schoolchildren felonies. Letters were twice sent in recent weeks threatening schoolchildren in Cranston, Johnston and Warwick. The exact nature of the threats wasn’t disclosed.

Craven said he considers the person responsible a terrorist because they are terrorizing children, parents and the communities.

The former assistant state attorney general wants to establish a contingency fund to help pay for increased police details at affected schools. He also wants to establish a process, like the Amber Alert system, to immediately notify parents if a threat is made.

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