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Colbert Heights students will have an excused absence in light of school shooting threat

Colbert County Schools Superintendent Gale Satchel said a written threat was found in a boys restroom

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 10:06 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2019 6:33 PM

Another threat has been found at Colbert Heights High School.

Wednesday, Colbert County Schools Superintendent Gale Satchel said the school is on “secure perimeter.”

Satchel said a written threat was found in a boys restroom and said, "7th will happen".

A threat of a school shooting was found at the high school last week. It said the incident would take place on Feb. 7. A suspect was identified by the school. That student has not been on campus since last week and was charged as a juvenile.

"That student is up for punishment and we will let the board make that final decision," said Satchel. "You cannot jeopardize other people's lives for a joke and no one is laughing."

Satchel said deputies secured the perimeter of the school and a message was sent to parents about the threat. Additional law enforcement will be on hand Thursday, Satchel said.

Satchel also told WAAY 31 if parents do not feel safe sending their kids to Colbert Heights High School on Feb. 7th, it will be an excused absence.

"I'm glad she's leaving that decision up to the parents. At this point, I don't know what we will do, but I am glad she is giving that option to parents," said Leann Gooch, a parent of a student at Colbert Heights High School.

School officials said they are working with law enforcement to find the student who wrote the second threat and said they would be punished.

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