The following press release was issued at 5:15 p.m. Monday, October 3, 2016:

Dr. Todd Freeman, Superintendent of Sylacauga City Schools, released the following message today: “This afternoon I was made aware of an incident on the campus of Sylacauga High School. I am investigating this incident and will take appropriate disciplinary action based on the findings. This past week we have experienced some difficult days in our schools and community. “Last Wednesday security was increased at the high school and a lock down was implemented in response to a verbal altercation among students the day before. There were no further incidents the remainder of the school week until the police were called to respond to an off-campus crime in which one of our high school students was seriously injured. This crime is still under investigation by the Sylacauga Police Department. “Moving forward, we will continue to strengthen security on campus and I will use the full measure of my authority to maintain a safe environment for our students. Those who violate school rules and create a disturbance on campus will be subject to disciplinary action, including and up to expulsion. I expect every student that attends our schools to conduct themselves in an appropriate manner that includes respect for themselves and their fellow students.”
For further information contact:
Dr. Todd Freeman
todd.freeman@scsboe.org
or
Kelley Wassermann
kelley.wassermann@scsboe.org

Michael Brannon is a former news and sports anchor from Mobile, Ala. and serves as Director of Business Development, Manager of Digital Projects and Strategy, and Managing Editor of SylacaugaNews.com.