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Bible school last week. Sadly, on Tuesday, the church received an anonymous threat via e-mail. Basically "I/we are going to kill all the children, bring gas, and burn them all and any adults we can."

The threat was taken appropriately. Doors were locked, extra 'security' was in place. Cops were notified, AND shown the e-mail. They couldn't trace it though.

Sunday morning, same threat with the only different part being "church goes", and not kids. Same thing/reaction from the church - doors locked, guards at the entrance that was open.

Pastor, each time, reached out to other churches in the area, and no other threats were received by any of them.

In an ironic way, pastor had reached out to me a few weeks ago asking if I was getting mailings from a church in a different town. I hadn't. He said "okay, it's probably a targeted mailing. Targeted at me." I asked him if it was from someone that HAD attended our church and left. He felt it was. He didn't KNOW that, though.

The threats did not stop Bible School, or the service on Sunday.

Just recently I had served on the safety and security committee. Our guidelines were followed. On the committee though, I was a tad disappointed one of my suggestions was nixed.

But, here in small town Ohio, threats about safety of church goers is real.

Thoughts?

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The chance this threat would result in action is very slim. Doesn't matter, we've cross the Rubicon of "all things sacred" and anything can happen at any time.

Our church sent members to classes at a Tactical Academy. My father-in-law is a combat veteran and is armed (along with another member) during services on Sunday and other events. We're a small church (75-100 members), nothing prompted this other than news and another area church experiencing a near tragedy.

I also have a former employee's husband that has started a company with other officers that will train and advise threat assessment for any situation. They have specialized in school bus drivers and are receiving widespread acclaim for their services (as much as he loves being a cop, he's debating moving to part time because of how fast this business is growing).

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If you have information about a possible threat to a place of worship or believe you are a victim of or a witness to a hate crime, contact your local law enforcement agency (911), then the FBI at www.fbi.gov/tips or 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225- 5324). You can also report a hate crime, find resources and grant information, and learn more about the Department of Justice’s hate crimes prevention and enforcement work by visiting www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.

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I'm sure people want to say "what a sick individual", but he's not sick....he's just a criminal. I hope they find him and throw the book at him with as little publicity as possible. What a loser.


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Sorry to hear about this arch. Nothing can excuse an attempt to prevent people from worshiping as they so choose. I hope they quickly find out who is behind this and that they are dealt with appropriately.


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Originally Posted by archbolddawg
Bible school last week. Sadly, on Tuesday, the church received an anonymous threat via e-mail. Basically "I/we are going to kill all the children, bring gas, and burn them all and any adults we can."

The threat was taken appropriately. Doors were locked, extra 'security' was in place. Cops were notified, AND shown the e-mail. They couldn't trace it though.

Sunday morning, same threat with the only different part being "church goes", and not kids. Same thing/reaction from the church - doors locked, guards at the entrance that was open.

Pastor, each time, reached out to other churches in the area, and no other threats were received by any of them.

In an ironic way, pastor had reached out to me a few weeks ago asking if I was getting mailings from a church in a different town. I hadn't. He said "okay, it's probably a targeted mailing. Targeted at me." I asked him if it was from someone that HAD attended our church and left. He felt it was. He didn't KNOW that, though.

The threats did not stop Bible School, or the service on Sunday.

Just recently I had served on the safety and security committee. Our guidelines were followed. n the committee though, I was a tad disappointed one of my suggestions was nixed.

But, here in small town Ohio, threats about safety of church goers is real.

Thoughts?

Something about "Freedom of Religion" comes to mind. Hmmm? Now where'd I hear that from???

Keep us posted Arch. Hope they find the dirtbag.


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That's truly sad. I hope they find those that made those threats. Hatred and intolerance in this country needs stopped


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You should not have to be dealing with something like this. At all.

It's awful that a group of people are being subjected to terrorism like this.
It's abhorrent, and the person doing this deserves the strictest punishment allowable.

From the way you've described the timeline and your conversation w/Pastor, this thing sounds personal. Even so, when hate mail of this sort is sent, a threat to one is a threat to all. I'm certain that the pool of potential suspects is pretty shallow, and that this person is snatched up off the streets quickly. A mind that would choose to do something like this is best kept away from good people.

Sorry you're dealing with this.

Plz keep us up to date.


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