GURLEY, Ala. (WHNT) - The Madison County Sheriff's Office is investigating threatening graffiti found in a boys' restroom at Madison County High School.
On Thursday, officials announced investigators identified a person of interest regarding the threat. A statement from the school district said procedures are being followed based on the law and Madison County School Board policies.
District officials said additional law enforcement officials and school system personnel will be on site on halloween.
Students found the graffiti on earlier this month and reported it. Superintendent David Copeland said the school will have extra law enforcement and staff supervision at the school to increase safety while deputies work on the investigation.
Dr. Copeland says the wording of the threat points to Friday, October 31, Halloween. Deputies are working to determine the validity, and they may have their work cut out for them.
"It's come from what the graffiti or the threat actually was, and it's turned into 'he said, she said.' It's turned into more things than what actually was written," said Madison County High School Principal Jeremy F. Lowry.
Whether or not the threat turns out to be credible, Dr. Copeland said all incidents like this are taken seriously.
"Our job is to keep our students and staff safe," Dr. Copeland said.
He said more deputies will be at the school, and faculty will also maintain heightened supervision.
If you have any information that could help crack this case, please call the Madison County Sheriff's Office at (256) 722-7181.
The person responsible could be charged with making a terrorist threat. This charge carries a 1 to 10 year prison sentence with a conviction.