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Schools and police tighten security today after unconfirmed social media threat by Hamas

Friday the 13th arrives to find suburban schools on edge at the end of a school week short on days but full of


Social media has roiled with threats and rumors in the wake of the war between Israel and Hamas. One threat apparently made by Hamas on social media, calling for worldwide jihad today, has been investigated but not confirmed by the FBI and local law enforcement. This has prompted some local school districts to increase their police presence.

The FBI on Tuesday issued a public service announcement titled "Situation in Israel." While we continue to collect and analyze intelligence from various sources, it read, "we do not currently have specific intelligence reflecting additional attack planning against the United States stemming from the Hamas attacks in Israel," which began on October 7, 2023. However, foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters remain

committed to attacking the United States within and beyond our borders.

While the United States does not feel a direct threat from the fall-out between Israel and Hamas, school administrators across our country are working closely with local law enforcement to increase patrols at schools and Jewish Houses of Worship. Parents are advised to monitor their children's social media sites to ensure they don't come in contact with graphic content and false information.

If you have any questions, needs or concerns regarding active shooter prevention, please feel free to contact us at

Peter D. Kramer

Rockland/ Westchester Journal News

October 13th, 2023

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