Anonymous Caller Makes Threats Against Main Line Jewish School

Police say the person threatened to "kill Jews" and then hung up.

Caption: The entrance to Wynnewood's Perelman Jewish Day School (via Google Maps).

Caption: The entrance to Wynnewood’s Perelman Jewish Day School (via Google Maps).

Editor’s Note: This story originally ran with a photo of a different campus of the Perelman Jewish Day School.

One suburban Philadelphia Jewish school is on edge after a threatening call received on Tuesday, and police are keeping a close eye on the situation.

The Lower Merion Police Department reports that at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the 60-year-old Perelman Jewish Day School on Haverford Road in Wynnewood got a call from a person who threatened to “kill Jews.” The threat wasn’t more specific than that, and then the caller hung up.

Police sent a bomb-detecting dog into the school, which serves students in grades K-5, but the dog didn’t find anything, and investigators say that they are trying to figure out who placed the threatening call.

Lower Merion Police Superintendent Mike McGrath says that police are giving extra attention to the Perelman campus in light of the threat, and cops were on the scene on Tuesday until the end of the school day.

McGrath also indicated that the department was aware of similar threats against “other Jewish institutions in several other states,” as well as in the United Kingdom.

Reports indicate that a Jewish school in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, was the recipient of one of those threats, near the same time as the threat against the Wynnewood school. In that case, the FBI reportedly investigated and found no credible threat.

An official at the Perelman school indicated that classes went on as normal on Wednesday. No further threats have been received.

The Perelman Jewish Day School is a Conservative Jewish school, named after billionaire philanthropists Raymond and Ruth Perelman.

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