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Coosa County Schools release early due to threat made by parent


ROCKFORD, Ala. – The Coosa County School system (CCSS) received what was deemed as a “terrorist threat” Wednesday morning.

After a parent made threats to forcibly remove his children from the school, Superintendent David Stover and the school system decided it was necessary to put the schools under a soft lock down.

Under the guidance of Coosa County Sheriff Michael Howell, Stover then released all students at 12:00 p.m. to eliminate any potential threat.

Superintendent Stover put out the following statement on the school’s website:

“School will be releasing at noon today. We are sorry for the short notice. Due to a situation in the community that we have been made aware of, we are taking every precaution for the safety of our school family. There will be no after school activities. Thank you.”

As a result of this investigation Zachary Chapman was taken into custody before anyone was injured. He was arrested and charged with Making a Terrorist Threat.

“I understand it is alarming to parents when their kids are letting them know the school is on a lock down and there is no information or little information available,” said Sheriff Howell. “Please understand that the steps we take are always to ensure the safety of our kids. I believe it is important to take all threats seriously and I want to take every step necessary to safeguard our children and staff.”

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