Worldwide protest call by Hamas prompts increased security measures by Hudson Valley schools

Several Hudson Valley school districts are heightening security measures to ensure student safety as Hamas issues a global call for protests.

Nadia Galindo

Oct 12, 2023, 4:30 PM

Updated 183 days ago

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Several Hudson Valley school districts are heightening security measures to ensure student safety as Hamas issues a global call for protests.
Dr. Colin Byrne, superintendent of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District, emphasized the district's proactive stance, particularly due to its significant population of Jewish students.
While the specifics of the security plan weren't disclosed, Byrne assured that additional police patrols around schools would be implemented in coordination with Rye Brook police and a security consultant.
Byrne further reassured that, as of now, there are no credible threats, and schools will remain open. He communicated these precautions to parents through a letter today.
Hamas' statement designating tomorrow as a "Day of Action" advocating for protests and international solidarity with Palestinians has prompted these security measures. It is noteworthy that Hamas is currently responsible for a scale of violence against Israelis not witnessed since the Holocaust.
Parents are understandably anxious amidst the ongoing conflict in Israel.
"I think that is really the sad thing that there is no regulation on what can be posted on the internet and who can see it," said Rye Brook's Lisa Benoit. "And I think that is what the terrorist and the people who are ruining the lives of so many Jews in Israel are realizing."
It is important to highlight that, at this time, there are no known credible threats in our region. The Jewish Security Alliance has offered a set of recommendations to school districts on how to take precautionary measures.


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