“My group is going to do everything possible to provoke terrorist attacks on New York by al-Qaida, and by tea party nut cases, and by religious extremists, lone wolves and anyone else who we can provoke into picking up a gun,” according to one of the e-mails obtained by WROC in Rochester.
“We want to create anarchy,” reads the threat with the subject line titled “Time to Kill.”
“If we attack a school bus full of kids, it may have no effect on the hardened criminals who rule Albany, but it will put the public in an uproar,” the e-mail continues. “Our goal is to create anarchy. You’ll have to kill us to stop us.”
The e-mails, from a person claiming to be a state employee, were sent on April Fools Day, so many are hoping the threats are merely a sick joke, but law enforcement is taking the threat seriously and local school districts have been put on alert.
“The e-mails are similar in content,” the New York State police said in a statement. “Due to the sensitive nature of this investigation, no other comments or details will be released at this time.”
Spokesmen for Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the majority leader, and Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) confirmed they received the e-mails and turned it over to police. The FBI is also investigating.
On Tuesday, the Syosset school district alerted parents about the e-mail threats.
“The district received an e-mail indicating that an e-mail was received by members of the media and various state officials,” the school said in a letter to parents. “We will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect district students in our schools and buses.”
The New York State Education Department alerted schools as a precaution.
“We encourage all those involved in school transportation to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity,” said the state education department said in an e-mail to schools. “As a reminder, all drivers and technicians should conduct pre-trip and post-trip inspections with the diligence they do each day but with an added sense of caution and urgency.”
Any suspicious activity can be reported by calling 1-866-723-3697.