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Sylacauga High School receives text message terror threat

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Wednesday morning, Jan. 19, a terrorist threat was made via text message to Sylacauga High School, its students, and its faculty.

Superintendent Dr. Michele Eller released a statement on the issue saying that it is believed that the threat is not “credible,” but the school would take every precautionary measure needed.

Police and administrative presence will be increased throughout the day, and there will be limited movement and time allotted in the hallways.

Already, the Sylacauga City School (SCS) system has missed a total of four in-person days this semester due to the spread of COVID and the omicron variant. Those days were switched to e-learning days.

“We take threats to the safety of our school family very seriously,” said Dr. Eller. “This incident will undergo a thorough investigation led by law enforcement officials, and we will follow the protocol they advise. We will not allow this threat to impede instruction. Therefore, in-person student learning will continue today as we follow our school safety plan.”

The Sylacauga Police Department is further investigating the threat.

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