Story on RI Town’s Teen Drinking Sparks Threats, Police Probe


Police investigations have been opened in the aftermath of an article in Rhode Island Monthly magazine that looks at teen drinking in Barrington, R.I. The article, “Fatal Attraction: How kids, cars and drinking are tearing Barrington apart,” has sparked hundreds of reactions on the Internet, many from a new Facebook group called Boycott Rhode Island Monthly and many more on the magazine’s Web site, reports the Providence Journal.

Editor Sarah Francis said she wrote Police Chief John LaCross last week after one writer on the Facebook site suggested that the author of the story, freelance writer Gretchen Voss, should be sexually mutilated and then forced to watch her family being slowly killed. LaCross said he will meet with state police experts in Internet crime to see if the comments constitute a threat and whether the police can trace the writer.


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