Students and staff at RHAM Middle School in Hebron are on high alert after a threatening message was found in a bathroom on Friday that warned something harmful would unfold at the school on Monday.
The school promised “maximum security” on Monday and state police are trying to figure out who was behind the hateful message.
On Monday morning, parents had to decide whether to send their children to school for the day.
“I’m just feeling very unsettled in trying to make the decision whether to send my daughter to school or not,” Lisa Nolt said on Monday morning.
Porter and other teachers, students and parents received an alert involving RHAM Middle School in which the superintendent warned the community of the threat and laid out what precautions were being taken.
“Working with the State Police, a plan was developed to provide for maximum security all day Monday. As part of that security plan we have requested that the State Police provide bomb sniffing dogs for a full sweep of the building prior to opening on Monday morning,” Dr. Robert Siminski, superintendent of Regional School District No. 8, wrote.
Michael Bonetti said he is glad the school officials are checking it out.
"I’m not sure what the threat was, I’m told it was a message on a mirror or something. Probably some kid looking for attention I would imagine,” he said.
Even with all the precautions they’re taking, the district “will understand” if parents want to keep their child home from school on Monday, the superintendent said.
“In terms of security, I would argue that today would probably be a safer day to be at school with the increased security. But I have faith in the police and their investigative duties so I would have no problem having my child here today,” Michael Kingsley, a parent, said.