Concern After Threatening Email Mentions School Buses

The threatening email was received April 1.

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    A disturbing letter sent to some members of the media and public officials warns of attacks of school buses.

    An e-mail sent to certain members of the media and New York state officials threatened violence against state office buildings, the state legislature and school buses.

    A warning was sent out by the New York State Education Department.

    The Huntington School District and the Syosset Central School District posted the notification on their websites Tuesday, calling the terror threat an "important safety announcement."

    The threatening email was received April 1. It was posted on the Huntington Patch website, with the subject "Time to Kill."

    It reads in part, "It is obvious to me that the wealthy in this country are so well insulated that nothing will pull them off task and that, in order to deal with them, I need to incite people to violence."

    The e-mail goes on to say, "At first I thought I might pull out a gun at my State office and kill a bunch of these dummies that I work with. But I doubt that would provide me with the satisfaction I am looking for. Understand with whom you are dealing. I am not crazy. I am a terrorist. I stand for all of the people who don't have a voice.... 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. Our goal is to create anarchy. You'll have to kill us to stop us."

    The New York State Police, the State Office of Counter Terrorism, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other officials are investigating the e-mail, according to the New York State Education Department notification. 

    Bus drivers have been directed to conduct pre-and post-trip inspections, and be vigilant of strangers approaching school buses.