Superintendent, chief reassure parents

Published 2:51 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Extra police presence is precaution following recent threat

Andalusia Superintendent of Education Ted Watson said Tuesday that the increased police presence on the campuses of Andalusia Junior High School and Andalusia High School is designed to make parents and students feel safer.

On Friday, officials canceled classes in Andalusia, citing a vaguely defined security threat. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident that led to the decision, and the arrest of a juvenile. The agency will not disclose the charges.

Students returned to class on Monday.

Watson said guidance counselors have been available for any student who wanted to talk about the incident. As an extra precaution, physical education classes are being held indoors.

“We are fortunate that we have ample space inside for these activities,” Watson said. “We are continually assessing the situation, and will be back into a normal routine soon. We don’t think anyone is in danger, we are just being extra cautious.”

Andalusia Police Chief Paul Hudson also reassured parents.

“There is no reason anybody should be worried,” he said.

“We have a school resource officer in the schools every day. He has been helping run down people for the investigation (that closed school last week), so we are providing him some other help.”