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    Extra security is planned at RHAM Middle School for Monday after a threat was involving the school was found. (Published Sunday, May 22, 2016)

    RHAM Middle School in Hebron promised “maximum security” as students and teachers head back to classes today after a threatening message was found in a bathroom Friday that warned something harmful would unfold at the school on Monday.

    State police are trying to figure out who was behind the hateful message.

    While their investigation continues, parents must decide what to do with their children and whether to send them to school.

    “It’s something parents take to heart because you see what’s going on in the world today,” says Jordan Porter, a substitute teacher at RHAM.

    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.

    Students and staff should expect to see more State Police and Hebron Police patrolling the campus.

    People NBC Connecticut talked to, including substitute teacher Jordan Porter, were happy with the district’s response to the threat.

    “It’s very scary and we’re going to take any threat seriously at the school,”  Porter 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.