Colbert County Schools Superintendent Chris Hand has announced Cherokee Elementary School and Leighton Elementary School will be closed Friday.
Hand said this measure is being taken due to a tragic situation affecting both communities. In a message posted to Leighton Elementary School's Facebook page, Hand thanked everyone who has reached out with kind words or gestures for the family involved.
"There are many friends, family members, students and colleagues who are grieving, so let's lift them up in prayer and be a help to those who are in need at this moment," Hand's message reads.
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