- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) - Police continue to monitor schools in three communities after an anonymous threat to harm elementary school students was received by Johnston police.

Some parents kept their children out of school Wednesday and Thursday after learning of the threat to schools in Johnston, Cranston and Warwick. Police say the threat involved beheading. They say there’s no evidence it’s credible.

In response, police stationed officers at every school.

More than 40 percent of students were absent from school in Johnston on Wednesday, 39 were absent in Cranston and 30 percent were absent in Warwick. Absentee rates were higher at some elementary schools. More than half the students were gone at two elementary schools in Cranston.

Local police are working with state police, the FBI and postal inspectors to trace the letter.

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