Parents upset at Monmouth officials for concealing information on Iraqi disc

Although FBI officials say school information found on a computer CD in Iraq is not part of a terrorist plot, many parents of Rumson High School students wanted to know why they weren't informed of the disc's contents sooner. Many of their questions were answered at an emergency meeting held at the high school's gymnasium Friday night.

Sidney Caspersen, director of the New Jersey Counter-Terrorism Department, informed the parents that the people who needed to know the information immediately - the individuals responsible for protecting their kids - were given a classified briefing on the possible terror situation.

The disc containing the information on Rumson High School and other schools in the country belonged to an Iraqi physicist who used the information as research material. Casperson assured the people at the meeting that there was no direct threat to Rumson schools found on the disc, and Monmouth County Prosecutor John Kay added that security has been increased in and around Rumson schools in response to the potential threat.

Kay also informed parents that 23 Monmouth schools have not completed security plans that were in effect since 9/11, or even as far back as the Columbine shooting.

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