Police investigate threat against RI teen atheist

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — Police in Rhode Island are investigating a threatening letter sent to a teenage atheist at the center of a dispute over a high school prayer banner.

WJAR-TV reports (http://bit.ly/HuDaWM ) that the handwritten note to Jessica Ahlquist (ALL’-kwist) warns that the police won’t watch her forever and that "we will get you."

The note’s author encourages Ahlquist to leave Rhode Island and says they know her family’s license plate numbers.

Police in Cranston are investigating.

The 16-year-old Ahlquist successfully challenged the constitutionality of a banner at Cranston High School West which contained the words "Our Heavenly Father" and "Amen."

A federal judge in January ordered the banner removed. It was taken down last month after school leaders decided not to appeal.

Attempts to reach Ahlquist were unsuccessful Thursday.