According to Anniston police Lt. Fred Forsythe, the student was overhead making the threat and the school has handled the situation.
“It’s obvious the school is taking these types of situations seriously,” Forsythe said.
Principal Lynwood Hawkins said charges will be pressed and the juvenile probation department has been notified.
“We are taking every precaution necessary to keep our school safe,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins said Anniston schools have always contacted police any time they have a threat. He said the school system has a procedure for such cases in which administrators investigate the threat, alert law enforcement, contact the parents and press charges.
“These are our children; these are our most valuable assets. We need to give them every bit of protection,” Hawkins said. “We’re trying to do that at Anniston City Schools and middle school.”
Hawkins said the student that made the threat does not have a history of bad behavior. He also said his students were never in any danger after the threat was reported.
The principal said “everything is fine at Anniston Middle School” and the student will be punished by the school.
Joan Frazier, superintendent, said she could not comment directly on the issue, but the school handled the situation in an appropriate manner.
“When issues like this come up we follow the policy as it’s written, even if the validity may not be evident at that moment … we still have to take the safety of the faculty and students into consideration,” she said.
Fazier said that in the wake of the shootings in Connecticut, Anniston school officials have not altered safety policies.
“What I want to do is not become involved in a knee jerk reaction; I want to evaluate again what we have in place. If we need to make any additions or changes we will do it at that time,” Frazier said.
Anniston faculty is prepared to reevaluate safety policies after returning from winter break in January, Frazier said.
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