Police investigate threat at Honolulu Jewish preschool

March 2, 2017 GMT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu’s mayor says police are investigating a phone threat that prompted an evacuation of a Jewish preschool.

Mayork Kirk Caldwell says police have opened a terroristic threatening investigation into Monday’s threat to Temple Emanu-El’s preschool.

Caldwell notes that Honolulu is one of the most diverse places in the world. He says it’s cowardly to scare people and disrupt a preschool.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz says officials are working with local law enforcement and the FBI to keep Temple Emanu-El safe. He says the community needs to come together to beat back hate and anti-Semitism.

The threat comes amid acts of anti-Semitism at Jewish cemeteries, college campuses and community centers nationwide.

According to the temple’s Facebook page, a private security guard is stationed in the parking area until further notice.