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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Greensboro police and the FBI continue to investigate a threat made to Beth David Synagogue and B’nai Shalom Day School.

The threat was made in a letter, which was delivered Monday afternoon. School administrators decided to end classes early Monday.

The school remained closed Tuesday as a safety precaution, according to GPD Public Information Officer Susan Danielsen.

Greensboro police were notified about the letter at 12:46 p.m. Monday. Danielson said the letter contained racial epithets and threatened violence against the school. The threat does not appear to be linked to any recent events.

Danielsen said investigators are following up on local leads in the case. She added that students’ safety is GPD’s top priority, and they always take threats like this seriously.

Marilyn Forman Chandler, executive director of the Greensboro Jewish Federation sent the following press release Tuesday in response to the threat:

“A threat was received by Beth David Synagogue and B’nai Shalom Day School yesterday. We alerted authorities immediately and met with local law enforcement. All of our Jewish community institutions remain vigilant in taking special precautions to ensure the safety of our staff members, our students and all community members. This is an ongoing investigation and we are therefore not able to comment on the investigation. The Greensboro Jewish Federation convened all of our Jewish community institutions today to meet with law enforcement personnel. We are working closely with the Greensboro Police Department, FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to do everything in our power to ensure the safety of our community. We are deeply appreciative that law enforcement is here to protect us to keep us safe and secure in our community. If any specific and credible threats are determined, we will communicate this. Beyond that, it is not appropriate for us to discuss specific security measures we are taking at any individual institution. We are appreciative of the many messages of support and encouragement from area churches and other community institutions. Once again, we are indebted to our local law enforcement agencies for their responsiveness.”

Shelley Lynch, a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Investigations, sent the following statement to FOX8 Tuesday:

“The FBI is assisting our law enforcement partners at the Greensboro Police Department investigating a letter sent to a school in Greensboro that included racially charged language. The FBI offers resources, forensic expertise, and experience in identification and proof of whether or not bias-based motivations are present.”