Highland Home School initiates soft lockdown after social media threat, ‘no immediate risk’

Published 11:19 am Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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Highland Home School was the target of a threat made via social media Wednesday morning, according to Crenshaw County Schools superintendent Dodd Hawthorne. Though the school initiated a soft lockdown in response, Hawthorne said that there is no immediate threat.

The Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the matter,” Hawthorne said. “And there is no immediate risk to Highland Home at this time. And we will keep everyone informed as we have more information to provide.”

Because of the sensitive nature of the ongoing investigation, Hawthorne wasn’t able to divulge any information regarding the nature of the threat made to Highland Home School.

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He added that the school initiated the soft lockdown as a matter of procedure to monitor the flow of traffic to and from the school, but he urged that it was business as usual for students inside the halls.

“We’re still changing between classes,” he said. “It’s basically a normal school day. We’re just trying to limit access to buildings from people on the outside. We’re keeping our buildings locked down, and the exterior doors are locked.”

Hawthorne said that the public would be notified as the situation developed via the Crenshaw County Schools Facebook and Twitter accounts.